BEIJING, Sept. 7 -- Shenzhen plans to raise parking
fees by an average of 130 percent to alleviate downtown traffic congestion and
encourage public transport.
The final decision will be announced after a publich
hearing to be held Sept. 15.
Private car owners could pay an average of extra 694 yuan (US$85) each month for parking
according to a municipal traffic police bureau proposal announced Tuesday.
Public commerical parking lots will have the biggest
price hike, while the increase in residential community will be between 20 to 40
percent. The fee standard remains almost unchanged at wharfs, long-distance bus
stations and scenic spots.
The new pricing policy will have more categories such
as workdays and weekends, peak and off-peak hours, downtown and non-downtown.
The 17 areas in the downtown and alongside the subway such as Huaqiangbei,
Dongmen, Shangbu, SZ Railway Station, Ludan Village, Chegongmiao and Nanshan
central business area, put in first-grade category, will have to pay a premium
while less-crowded areas like Sungang, Zhuzilin, Yuanling, Melin, Overseas
Chinese Town, High-tech zone and Shekou will not be hit with such a large price
hike. The areas mainly outside the special economic zone will be least affected
by the plan.
The bureau said they looked at parking pricing
policies in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong that bore similar urban features with
Shenzhen such as a large population and limited space before drawing up the
There are 746,111 registered vehicles in Shenzhen by
June 30 this year, 76.2 percent of them are cars. The vehicle density per square
kilometer has reached 260, which is approaching the international standard for a
city's saturated capacity of 270.
There is a shortage of 33,437 parking spaces in the
daytime and 27,925 at night.
The comparatively low parking fee is largely
responsible for traffic jams and parking difficulties in Shenzhen. A car owener
would pay five yuan to park for three hours at a downtown indoor parking lot in
Shenzhen, the price in Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing is 13 yuan, 15 yuan and 15
As the bureau analyzed from the scientific model, the
parking fee increase will directly decrease the number of vehicles. For example,
if the fee is raised by 20 yuan, the number will reduce by 5.1 percent. The city
expects the new standard to adjust the using time of vehicle owners and
cultivate the habit of taking the public transport.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily)