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City probes parking fee scam at Yuyuan

THE city's parking management administration is investigating a case in which residents near the popular tourist attraction Yuyuan Garden are illegally collecting parking fees for the spaces near their homes.

China Central Television reported the case yesterday, saying the families were even issuing fake invoices to make their "business" look legitimate.

The report said drivers pay 10 yuan (US$1.62) to 20 yuan to park on Zhoujin Road.

"The families have no costs," said a parking assistant, who works at a legal lot nearby. "All they need to do is collecting the money."

According to media reports, an old man was seen guiding drivers to a parking lot and giving out invoices. The parking lot was once the site of a factory, which was demolished years ago. But the site has yet to be redeveloped.

Tax authorities later found the invoices were all fake.

Apart from the parking lot, there are more than 10 spots on Zhoujin Road, with each family living along the road "owning" one or two, which earns them 600 yuan to 700 yuan a day.

"It's a lot of money," said the parking assistant, who added his salary is only 1,600 yuan a month.

Yesterday, Shanghai Daily reporters found cars parked on the road but no residents collecting fees. Others in the area said the residents were being cautious since the CCTV report was broadcast.


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