Fri, Mar 27, 2015 - Page 4 News List

Taipei to abolish free parking spaces by end of the year

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Taipei’s free roadside parking spaces are set to be scrapped by the end of the year, the Taipei City Government announced yesterday.

“We often get complaints from city residents of cars hogging spaces — sometimes for several days,” Parking Management and Development Office director Hsieh Ming-hung (謝銘鴻) said.

He said the new rules were necessary for fairness and would ensure that residents could find parking spaces in an emergency by preventing people from treating spaces like their “private parking garage.”

The office said that given the completion of the city’s basic MRT system and the continuing expansion of its YouBike system, it was also important to encourage city residents to use public transportation.

The Parking Management and Development Office said the scope of parking fees would be gradually expanded throughout the city, with all free spots along streets and roads to be cut by the end of September, while those along lanes and alleys would be cut by the end of December.

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