Draft Parking Policy for Delhi

The Delhi government has come out with a draft parking policy which proposes checks on multiple ownership and roadside parking of vehicles through taxes and charges, in view of better management of limited parking space available in the city. The comprehensive draft policy, will be vetted after getting public feedback for a month and then formulated into workable steps. Parking management should be used as a demand management tool to decrease use of private vehicles and thus reduce the overall demand for parking, and shift travel to public transport, para-transport and non-motorized modes. Sixty per cent of all trips made in Delhi are short ones which can easily be made on these alternate modes, stated the draft policy. It calls for a ban on subsidised parking at public places with users paying full cost of parking facility based on land opportunity cost, capital cost, maintenance cost and temporal demand. In order to discourage ownership of multiple cars by one individual, incremental increase in road tax will be considered.

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