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New parking policy to bring discipline on roads

  • Published at 12:12 am February 10th, 2020
Illegal parking of vehicles on busy roads is a common sight in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The draft policy has been prepared by the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA), a wing of the Road Transport and Highways Division

To stop haphazard parking of vehicles and reduce traffic congestion, the government has drafted a parking policy to bring discipline on the streets of Dhaka and its adjacent districts including Gazipur, Narayanganj, Narsingdi and Munshiganj.

The draft policy has been prepared by the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA), a wing of the Road Transport and Highways Division. 

The parking policy is likely to be executed before the opening of the metro rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), franchised bus routes     and other modern transportation systems in December next year.

According to the draft policy, digital tools, including mobile applications for parking and smart cards for collecting parking fees, will be implemented. The government will also formulate a parking enforcement cell and parking development fund.

Park and ride parking model (those who drive a car to catch bus or train and get the car after return from parking) and para-transit parking system (space for alternative public transport like cabs, rental cars at the bus stops or metro rail stations) will be introduced for the first time in the country. The policy also suggested imposing fines for illegal parking.

Khandakar Rakibur Rahman, executive director, DTCA said: “The draft parking policy is already on the website of the Road Transport and Highways Division so that valuable opinions can be obtained from stakeholders. We will finalize the policy after analyzing recommendations from stakeholders. Then we will submit it to the Cabinet Division for approval.” 

“The transport system is going to be modern as we are on the verge of building metro rail, bus rapid transit and franchised bus routes. The modern transport system will also become chaotic if we do not establish a standard parking system,” added Khandakar.

He furthered: “We would like to address the new policy before the opening of the modern transport systems.”

According to the draft policy, parking would be managed under public and private management system, with the supervision of local government agencies like Rajuk and the police. Authorities will impose fines for illegal parking as per law.

What does the draft state? : 

The main objective of the policy is to ensure a modern and time-bound parking system for Dhaka and adjacent districts, as haphazard parking of vehicles hamper the traffic system.

Commercial venues, educational and health institutions, trade centres, factories, administrative zones, rail stations, bus terminals, launch terminals, airports, parks, stadiums and picnic spots should have individual parking systems as per building code.

Apart from these, the government will also introduce commercial parking as per demand. Several surveys will be conducted in the near future by Rajuk, City Corporation and other local government agencies according to their jurisdiction to set parking demand. The DTCA will then coordinate and build parking spaces as per demand.

The draft suggests three types of parking space including at grade, multi-storied and underground parking system.

Along with these, authorities concerned will fix parking places for park and ride parking model and para-transit parking system.

Parking spaces will also be offered to heavy vehicles like trucks, covered vans and lorries at dedicated spaces after payment of parking fees.

Parking Fees: 

Parking fees will be fixed in accordance with the parking locations, time, type of vehicles, security, and management system. Parking fees will not be unique for all parking places, rather it will depend on the location, peak hour, off peak hour, working days and holidays. The charges will also be applicable at night for shift parking.

On-street parking charges will be more than off-street parking. The fees will be imposed by the local government agencies.

Wherever parking facilities are not available, on-street parking will be allowed.

Pre-paid smart cards and mobile banking will be allowed for getting parking charges.

New Technology:

Various digital tools will be used to simplify the parking process, which includes automatic parking barrier and radio frequency identification. These tools will read vehicle type, calculate time and fees, as well as ensure security in the parking ground.

Microchips, smart cards, credit cards, online payment systems will be allowed for getting fees, charges and fines.

Getting the available parking space mobile application will be installed by the authorities.

Important provisions of draft policy:

The draft suggested that public transport owners will not get a registration certificate from Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) without submitting a document of parking spaces. Currently, buses and trucks mostly park in the city streets at night.

The infrastructures that have already been built without dedicated parking spaces will come under enforcement of the concerned authorities.

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