Parking on service lane may cost you 1,900% more
In a move to discourage parking on major roads and service lanes, the Delhi Government is planning to increase the penalty for illegal parking from Rs 100 to Rs 2,000. It is also planning to declare major arterial roads, including Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Aurobindo Marg, Hauz Khas road, Mathura Road, Rohtak Road, Vikas Marg, Najafgarh Road, Marginal Pusta Road connecting Akshar Dham via Old Iron Bridge to Khajuri Chowk, as no parking roads.
Also, it is planning to impose heavy penalty on those who leave junk vehicles on public streets.
The draft parking policy, accessed by The Pioneer, says that the Transport Department will ask the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to make necessary amendment in Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 to increase a fine of Rs 2,000 for obstructive parking on notified public streets.
The draft parking policy has formulated by the Transport Department and framed after the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) report of ‘decongestion of traffic in Delhi’.
“Public streets are designed for smooth traffic in Delhi and most of the roads are wide enough to accommodate the present traffic. However, many vehicle owners park their vehicles on public streets adversely causing obstruction to the free flow of traffic. It always lead to traffic jam or slow movement of traffic. The existing fine of Rs 100 for obstructive parking is ineffective deterrence for illegal parking on public streets,” the draft parking policy said.
The draft policy also proposes to delegate powers to other agencies, including MCDs and PWD, to issue challan to the violators. Presently, only Delhi Traffic Police is mandated to take action against unauthorised parking.
Approximately 7 lakh vehicles are registered in a year and the law does not prescribe any limit for purchase of motor vehicles in the name of any person. The number of registered vehicles in Delhi crossed over 1.10 crore in January 1, 2017.
As per data, 6,61,4944 vehicles were registered in 2015 and 6,93,159 in 2016.
A high-powered committee was set up by the Ministry of Urban Development to suggest decongestion of public streets in Delhi in October, 2014. The committee in its 125 pages report suggested some measures that include parking on footpaths to be made cognisable offence under the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and penal charges for parking violations should be 10 times the normal rates.
It has suggested a higher penalty for those vehicles parked on the public streets. The report also suggests that no stand-alone parking lots should be developed in future.
The report concluded that the explosive growth in automobile population needs to be checked quickly by adopting a “carrot and stick” policy of enabling increased use of public and non-motorised transport and disincentivising use of private vehicles through deterrent parking pricing and Congestion Tax.
The draft parking policy also proposes checks on multiple ownership and roadside parking of vehicles through taxes and charges, in view of the better management of limited parking space available in the city.
The comprehensive draft policy, which was given a go ahead by Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, will be vetted after getting public feedback for a month and then formulated into workable steps.
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