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Beijing comes to grips with parking

04-02-2011 08:24 BJT

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A new measure for street parking has just gone into effect in Beijing. Fees have increased to 10 yuan an hour. And new electronic parking meters are now in use.

Parking can be a nightmare on the busy areas of the Chinese capital. From April 1st, a new rule for street parking in crowded downtown areas goes into effect.

Hu Tianbin, Deputy Director of Beijing Parking Management Company, said, "Before, it cost 2 yuan an hour. The new rule requires 10 yuan for the first hour and 15 yuan for the second hour inside Beijing's 3rd Ring Road. And we are phasing in parking meters."

The new devices record both the time and the fee. It also accepts the city's Metro Cards. 12 street parking lots in downtown are the first in the pilot meter program.

A new measure for street parking has just gone into effect in
Beijing. Fees have increased to 10 yuan an hour. And new
electronic parking meters are now in use.

CCTV reporter Xue Jingmeng said, “Besides, we also noticed that timing unit for parking changes from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. That means the driver should pay 2.5 yuan per 15 minutes from 7am to 9 pm.”

A Beijing resident said, "I've parked less than 10 minutes. It cost me 2 yuan. I don't want to park. I can't afford it."

Another resident said, "It's really hard to find a parking space in Beijing. There's a reason for the increase. But I think for the residents, cheaper is better."

Parking is big headache in a city with about 5 million vehicles on the road.

The municipal government aims to add 200,000 commercial parking spaces and 50,000 public ones over the next five years.

Until then, it's every car for itself.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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