Curb wast­ing of park­ing places

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - BEI­JING IS PLAN­NING TO OPEN THE PARK­ING LOTS

in res­i­den­tial and gov­ern­ment com­pounds to the public un­der man­age­able cir­cum­stances and charge non-reg­is­tered driv­ers, ac­cord­ing to the city’s lat­est draft reg­u­la­tion on park­ing man­age­ment. Le­gal Daily com­mented on Wed­nes­day:

The “shared park­ing” pro­posal by the Bei­jing au­thor­i­ties high­lights the short­age of public park­ing spa­ces in the cap­i­tal. How­ever, many of the cap­i­tal’s park­ing spa­ces are un­der­used or not used at all dur­ing cer­tain pe­ri­ods of the day. Statis­tics show that some 630,000 park­ing spa­ces in down­town Bei­jing, where most driv­ers have to fight for park­ing in the day, lie idle dur­ing night hours.

More ef­fi­cient use of park­ing spa­ces in the cap­i­tal would ben­e­fit city plan­ners and driv­ers alike. Shang­hai had more than 2,100 park­ing spa­ces avail­able for shar­ing by the end of last year, and the app-en­abled trial has proved to be suc­cess­ful. Other cities suf­fer­ing from chaotic park­ing have good rea­son to fol­low its ex­am­ple.

It is es­ti­mated that over 50 mil­lion new park­ing spa­ces are needed in China, of which 3.55 mil­lion are needed in Bei­jing. The cap­i­tal had 5.48 mil­lion ve­hi­cles but only 1.93 mil­lion park­ing spa­ces last year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, the ra­tio of cars to park­ing spa­ces is around 1:0.8 in China’s ma­jor cities and 1:0.5 in smaller cities. The fig­ure in de­vel­oped coun­tries is about 1:1.3.

Shared park­ing has the po­ten­tial to make the most of the park­ing spa­ces in some gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties that are nor­mally not ac­ces­si­ble to non-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles. It is a step that has to be made when the space avail­able for new park­ing fa­cil­i­ties is lim­ited.

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