Saturday, February 17, 2018

Objections/Suggestions on the Draft ‘Delhi Maintenance & Management of Parking Rules 2017'

Secretary cum Commissioner (Transport),
Transport Department, GNCT of Delhi,
5/9 Underhill Road, Delhi-110054.

Subject: Objections/Suggestions on the Draft ‘Delhi Maintenance & Management of Parking Rules 2017'

Dear Sir,

A study by the Central Road Research Institute in New Delhi had estimated that of the 8,760 hours in a year, an average car’s steering time is only 400 hours. This means it is driven for only about an hour a day, or it remains parked for the 95% of the time. It clearly means that while parked at home, these vehicles for the 95% of the time are not contributing to any Congestion or pollution. 

It will become a huge burden on the residents if you decide to charge Parking charges for parking their own cars in front of their own home for this 95% of the time, i.e. 8,360 hours, per car, per year, on different parameters such as Day charges, Night charges, Peak charges, Off-peak charges, Long duration charges, Short duration charges as well the Severe+ & emergency levels of AQI, which has become a routine in Delhi.

Therefore, Government must concentrate on the 5% time of these vehicles while they are either congesting the roads or polluting the environment and hence must levy hefty parking charges and penalties so that residents are forced to leave them in the parking itself.

Else, we will strongly oppose any kind of parking charges from the residents, for parking their own car in front of their own home as meant in your notification under the clause 12(2). 

Shockingly, normal & multiple rates are to be decided by the civic agencies on the bases of BPF, for the day & night parking of our own car in front of our own home & the charges will again be double under the Clause 12(5), for those who have the stilt parking, as per your above-said notification.

It's the hard earned money of the individuals, who take years to buy a small car, on which Government earns a lot by way of GST & many other taxes. Even on the Petrol Government earns more than 100% by way of Taxes.

The residents, who park their vehicles in front of their own home are not using any Free of charge space. Please go to any colonizer & he will tell you that how they fix the prices of plots, depending upon the width of the inner lanes, that make an area, Posh, Middle class or a Lower one & costs of each and every plot depends upon its location.  

Sometime Emergency vehicles face some problem while entering the inner lane, and it must be given a serious thought that how Govt can purchase such emergency vehicles that can easily enter the narrow inner lanes. But how do you think that by charging the parking charges, a way for the emergency vehicles will be opened automatically?

Therefore we are absolutely against the imposition of any parking charges from the residents, for the parked vehicles outside their own home as it will lead to unnecessary harassment and chaos by the so-called Inspector Raj being introduced by way of the Delegation of Authority, as mentioned in your notification. 

Please let us know that under Clause 10 of your above said notification, why you have asked for the proof of parking, only from the Transport vehicles? Why don't you ask for the Parking proof from all the buyers of all kind of vehicles, including both New as well as the second hand? Why don’t you attach all the vehicles with the Pan Card & Aadhar, to check and restrict the sales of vehicles? 

Thanks, & with the best regards, 

B S Vohra
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

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