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Parking spaces to be added along streets

CITY officials say they will add more parking spaces along streets near hospitals, schools, business hubs and residential complexes to ease the parking deficit, which grows worse as the number of cars rises.

Traffic authorities say they will add parking lots to areas with available space. They did not say how many spaces will be added along roads, but places with room for additional parking spaces are limited.

Parking on streets, illegal in most parts of the city, has grown due to demand.

Authorities are also planning to have the underground parking lots of office buildings open to nearby residential communities at nighttime. Residential complexes are encouraged to reach agreements with office buildings for use of such spaces. But little progress has been made due to unresolved details such as fare collections and how long the cars can stay.

Experts have estimated that the parking gap stands at more than 300,000 spaces and are growing. Shanghai has about 780,000 public parking spaces.

Shanghai-registered vehicles have grown to more than 2.6 million, 1.4 million of which are private cars. Another 220,000 private cars will be added this year. That doesn't include vehicles registered out of town.

Last year, police reported 2.18 million cases of illegal parking citywide. Since the beginning of this year, they have counted 630,000 cases of illegal parking. Each violator is fined about 200 yuan (US$32).

Traffic police said they will crack down on the illegal parking using by increasing patrols at roads often plagued with such violations.

Enforcement of parking rules angers some drivers, however.

"The only thing they know is to fine us," said a driver who parks in a narrow lane in downtown Changning District.

The lane sometimes is occupied by parked cars on either side, leaving little space, angering residents. Car owners said parking fines should be used to build more parking lots.


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