New Parking Policy in Mizoram, India
- While the amended rules are coming into force from August 30, Dawngliana said Department officials would henceforth enquire whether a person applying for registration of vehicles owns a garage.
A parking policy bite from the Indian far-east - Mizoram. While a number of Indian cities are debating the own a parking before you own a car issue, the Mizoram government is getting down to business. Such a rule in a way prevents the "low on real-estate" populace from owning cars, but what about landlords?Paul, are you listening?
In Mizoram, get parking space before car
The tiny state of Mizoram has found a solution for one of capital Aizawal’s biggest problems — parking space. The state government has now made it mandatory for aspiring car owners to own a garage before owning a car.
“The government has amended the Mizoram Motor Vehicles Rules last week making it compulsory for citizens to first ensure parking space before one intends to purchase a car,” said Transport Secretary P Lalthlengliana.
The first city in the country to use Maruti cars as taxis because of size, Aizawl alone has over 40,000 vehicles, making it difficult for the authorities to keep the traffic moving.
“As more and more people are buying cars, it is getting extremely difficult to find space for traffic especially in the state capital. With houses located on the slopes of the ridges, citizens have developed the habit of parking their vehicles at night on the roads. This had to stop, and thus the amendment in the motor vehicle rules,” said Dawngliana, director in the state Transport Department.
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Many thanks Faizan!
Prompted by your message I have just written a blog post on this issue (title: Japan-style "proof of parking" regulations for India?).
It highlights Japan's proof-of-parking regulation as an example for others to learn from. See http://www.reinventingparking.org/2010/08/japan-style-proof-of-parking.html
I would be grateful for comments or corrections on the post.
By the way, depending on how exactly the Indian regulation is written it may not necessarily 'prevent the "low on real-estate" populace from owning cars' (as you said). In Japan's version, it is perfectly fine to RENT a parking space for the purpose of their 'shako shomeisho' regulation. This is not very expensive in outer suburban areas but it is very pricey in inner city areas.
As best I can understand it, some key benefits of Japan's proof-of-parking rule seem to be:
* it created a demand for leased parking near homes, which the market has generally managed to meet, at a market price;
* it reduced the urge to have parking requirements for residential buildings and made it easier to adopt a pragmatic approach, in which small buildings are exempted;
* it probably slowed the growth of car ownership slightly (even though this was not the objective of the policy), especially in places with high property prices, which are precisely the highly accessible, densely-developed, transit-rich contexts where car ownership is least necessary.
By the way, the Mizoram measure has triggered a hostile editorial today in the Times of India and an approving opinion from Rudroneel Ghosh in the same edition. See http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Its-the-right-approach/articleshow/6433893.cms and http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Raises-cost-of-mobility/articleshow/6433892.cms
I think both of them somewhat miss the point. But Ghosh's is more logical.
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A parking policy bite from the Indian far-east -
While a number of Indian cities are debating the own a parking before you
own a car issue, the Mizoram government is getting down to business. Such a
rule in a way prevents the "low on real-estate" populace from owning cars,
but what about landlords?
Paul, are you listening?