Commission to Create Department to Handle City Parking Meters
The city transport commission will be creating an internal department that will manage the city’s parking meters instead of paying for a company to do the work. During a radio station call in program transport commission vice director general Yu Baoming said that the balances on old parking meters can still be used.
In 2009, Shenzhen traffic police designated around 20,000 free parking places along roadsides to help with parking difficulties. Although the new measures relating to parking standards and management rules is still under consideration, the measures will also be opened for public suggestions. The free and convenient roadside parking was causing a lot of problem such as traffic jams on the road.
Traffic police will be placing temporary roadside parking areas, while charges and fees is still being determined with the pricing department. Once the charges are finalized the new rules and meter prices will be implemented by July. The city started using parking meters in 1997 with local service provider Kaoshuta Parking Management Co. handling the fees and collection. But these type of service encountered problems such as substandard operations and the lack of penalty enforcement. Complaints arise which lead to the abandonment of the parking meters in 2007.
Currently there’s 19 million yuan in unused payments still remains on users cards after the parking meters services ended in 2007.