Get Ready To Pay User Charge For Parking On Delhi Streets
In residential areas of Delhi, lanes and streets meant for pedestrians are widely used for car parking. If all goes according to the plan, those who use these public spaces as parking lots will have to pay a user charge from March this year. They might also have to pay a little more as parking fee at facilities across the city as Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has given his approval to the draft of the comprehensive parking policy under, Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, for the national capital. Suggestions on the new policy have been invited from the public within 30 days.
Here's some of the key features of the Delhi parking policy:
Under the new draft policy, the rules will be based on the principle of 'user pays'. These will be aimed at discouraging on-street and long-duration parking. Parking in residential areas will be marked against charges decided by the local authority after consultation with residents' welfare association. Moreover, on-street parking fee will be twice as high as off-street parking with an exponential increase in charges after the first hour. Parking on footpaths, parks and green areas will be strictly prohibited while those parked illegally will be towed away. Apart from this, petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years parked on roads will be seized.
In the latest development, the draft policy has now recommended adopting shared parking in all future residential and commercial projects in the city. This addition has been made keeping in mind the scarcity of land and its growing demand for various purposes. Guidelines, set by the Delhi Transport Department, have now been kept in public domain for suggestions. The draft policy recommended that in all new projects — commercial, institutional, housing, etc., — at least 50 to 100 per cent of the equivalent car space (ECS) be provided as an unbundled, shared parking facility.
According to the policy, 'unbundled' means that the parking space shall be sold/auctioned separately during disposal of the property and not as a package deal where parking is a hidden cost to the buyer who may or may not own a car. Therefore, buyers will be given the option to purchase the parking space separately during the application process for an apartment or commercial space. This would reveal the true cost of parking to end users and unsold parking spaces can be sold to municipal corporations to be used as a part of the public parking pool. Once sold to municipal corporations, the shared parking facility would be available on short-term rental leases with the preference for the local residents, the draft states.
The draft rules have provision for dynamic pricing mechanism. This means the fee will differ during peak and off-peak hours. The cost will be based on the base parking fee that will be decided by an apex committee, formed under the Delhi government. Those who park their vehicle on a public road despite staying in a building with stilt parking facility will have to pay twice the normal charges fixed for others. Vacant plots owners in the housing colonies can use these as parking places as permitted under building bylaws.
Illegal parking to be a criminal offence
The draft of the Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Rules 2017, approved by the LG and framed under the Motor Vehicles Act, seeks illegal parking as a criminal offence. Though the consideration has been put up for public consultation for 30 days following which its provisions will come into action. All illegally parked vehicles will be towed away.
For commercial vehicles
Auto-rickshaws and non-motorised vehicles will be given priority in on-street parking. New permits for transport vehicles will be provided only after submission of proof of parking space. Night parking space with charging points will be provided to e-rickshaws and other electric vehicles. Apart from this, special provisions have been made for parking for senior citizen and differently abled.
Extra powers to MCD officers
The draft policy gives powers to officials of civic agencies to challan vehicles at par with Delhi Traffic Police and the transport department under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.