Facts, Challenges & Benefits: Parking in India vs a Developed Country
Parking, a major concern of the increasing commute has a good gap in demand & supply. The ratio between the number of vehicles and parking space is increasing day by day. Seeing the present challenges, smart parking management has come into the picture.
The smart parking management takes into account many elements such as the parking space allotment, availability of parking space, informed data, informed drivers, manual or digital monitoring, revenue collection, parking fees, government policies, forecasting and predicting the mobility information and much more.
If we look into these supporting elements one by one, we will find India to be far behind the developed countries. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that the parking management services are poor here, it’s just that there is a long way to go and match the developed countries. Thanks to the innovating companies here in India that are bringing digital solutions to organize the parking challenges.
Facts & Challenges in India
One of the recent reports on Mumbai traffic quoted that hawkers were occupying 30% of the road and parking was occupying 10%. However, after the hawkers were evicted, the ratio was reversed.
While the other recent report on Delhi traffic quoted:
- The police control room receives 250 calls every day about parking feuds in residential.
- Delhi has about 36 lakh households and every household has 3 cars on an average.
- 7.5 lakh new vehicles are registered in Delhi every day, including two-wheelers, three wheeler, and cars
Facts & Challenges in developed countries
In some developed areas such as Europe, people use to visit any tourist places of interest on their foot or public transport rather than blocking the surrounding areas of that place with their own vehicles. The policy to obtain a driving license also makes it challenging because it is very expensive plus people have to show that they have enough spaces at home and workplaces to park their vehicle.
At the regional level, the German cities of Berlin, Hamburg, and Tyrol in Austria were identified as having the most sustainable parking regulations.
The ECF therefore strongly recommends public authorities at all levels introduce maximum parking limits for cars instead and that maximum parking facilities should be facilitated through mobility management, such as the provision of bike- and car sharing services, and also better urban and spatial planning, such as avoiding new developments in low-density areas and when there is no good access to public transport.
Smart Parking is the future to solve the multi-fold challenges to structure and manage the unorganized parking system in developing countries such as India.
Benefits of streamlined parking
- Less Traffic: Vehicle increases traffic as they are driving around in search of parking space or lots. A well-managed parking system lets people find the nearest lots or space easily and thus significantly turn down the traffic.
- Revolutionized revenue streams: Smart parking technology may bring various kinds of new revenues streams. For instance, parking lot owners can use tiered payment options as per parking space location. Moreover, reward programs can be used to encourage repeat users into existing models.
- Less Management cost: Advanced parking management system brings diversified advantages and one of them is cost saving. As it reduces the manual activities which eventually prompts low labor cost as well as saves on resource exhaustion and thus it saves manual labor as well as energy.
- Enhanced User Experience: Now it becomes easy for all process including driver’s payment, location search, spot identification, timely notification and many more and all of these are designed from the arrival to the destination seamlessly and in less time. The advanced parking system saves a lot on time, as vehicles can move faster with the controlled frequency as well.
- Less pollution: So an optimal and well-managed parking system and a solution will help in lowering the driving time and thus lower the daily consumption of fuel and diminish the harmful vehicle emission that eventually brings reduced global environmental footprint.
While there are smart data companies solving and building platforms for mobility ease, we as citizens also need to contribute our part in allowing shared parking space in residential areas and use public transport as much as feasible.