Parking meters to replace manual fee collectors in Beijing

Updated 2017-05-25 16:30:30 Xinhua

Beijing plans to install electronic parking meters across the city within the next three years, to replace the thousands of workers currently collecting fees for its roadside parking spaces.

The Beijing Transport Commission said Thursday meters will be installed for all roadside public parking spaces in Beijing's six urban districts as well as Tongzhou District by 2019.

This year, a total of 3,916 meters will be installed as a pilot project.

Currently, Beijing's transport authorities allow private firms to hire staff, mostly migrant workers, to collect parking fees. These workers can often be seen on bicycles chasing drivers who try to leave without paying the parking fee.

The commission said the meters will be equipped with either magnetic induction to record parking duration or video cameras to record duration and license plate numbers. The magnetic meters will still require workers to take photos of vehicle license plates.

The commission said the city's unified roadside parking monitoring system will be operational by the end of this year.

Beijing has an estimated 5.62 million cars and suffers severe traffic congestion and parking shortages.

The commission said that the city currently has 2 million fewer parking spaces than its number of vehicles.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58October 23 2017 03:05:46

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16October 23 2017 03:05:46

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18October 23 2017 03:05:46

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords