Bei­jing plans elec­tronic col­lec­tion of park­ing fees

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­

Bei­jing plans to in­tro­duce elec­tronic pay­ment for road­side park­ing to reg­u­late the mar­ket and col­lect all the fees it is owed, the Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal traf­fic author­ity said.

The cap­i­tal has more than 40,000 park­ing spa­ces, which should have gen­er­ated more than 300 mil­lion yuan ($48 mil­lion) last year for the gov­ern­ment.

How­ever, less than half of the fees col­lected by com­pa­nies has been turned in as gov­ern­ment rev­enue in a num­ber of ma­jor cities in­clud­ing Bei­jing, Xin­huaNewsA­gency re­ported.

Some com­pa­nies use high la­bor costs asanex­cuseto re­ject gov­ern­ment col­lec­tion, it said.

“The dif­fi­cul­ties in park­ing fees col­lec­tion lie in the way that driv­ers pay cash di­rectly to the col­lec­tors,” said Zhou Zhengyu, head of the Bei­jing Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Trans­port.

In many cases, driv­ers pre­fer to pay less af­ter bar­gain­ing with col­lec­tors, which makes it hard for the author­ity to know the true amount of fees, Zhou added.

The Bei­jing Peo­ple’s Congress has ini­ti­ated re­search on mod­els of elec­tronic pay­ment, which would elim­i­nate il­le­gal bar­gain­ing and use mod­ern tech­nol­ogy through ter­mi­nals or smartphones, Zhou said.

In 2010, Shen­zhen, Guangzhou prov­ince, started al­low­ing driv­ers to pay park­ing fees with their phones or through a spe­cial recharge­able park­ing card. When their time limit is about to ex­pire, driv­ers will re­ceive a text mes­sage re­mind­ing them.

Wang Limei, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the China Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion, said the trend is to­ward adopt­ing tech­nolo­gies to col­lect fees, although the cur­rent col­lec­tors have posed many ob­sta­cles in man­ag­ing park­ing fees.

“But the gov­ern­ment should make the apps on smartphones or other tech­nolo­gies for driv­ers as easy as pos­si­ble,” she said.

Liu Fuli, an in­de­pen­dent traf­fic ex­pert in Bei­jing, said it will be dif­fi­cult to cover the cap­i­tal’s more than 5 mil­lion ve­hi­cles with the sys­tem.

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