Those who wish, but new cars will need to show proof of parking space first
In a historic new parking policy pioneered by the Ahmedabad Municipal Company, people will need to provide proof that they have a parking space before purchasing vehicles.
This decision is seen as a step to discourage people from buying multiple cars. The civic organization also decided not to allow prolonged parking of cars in public places, Times of India reported.
The policy was released the last week of April, but its details were not made public until Wednesday.
In 2017, the Indian and state governments decided to make it compulsory for car buyers to prove that they had a parking space. However, it did not take off and the Ahmedabad Civic Corps is among the few to move forward with this demand.
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Under the policy, monthly and annual permits will be granted for common parking lots. The AMC provides parking permits covering the streets around residential companies.
The civic body said owning multiple cars is “a luxury that should be discouraged”. In order to ensure that the policy produces the desired effect, the AMC is also considering raising taxes for those who own multiple cars.
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The new rules also encourage the sharing of parking space. Currently, parking spaces in office and shopping complexes, banks, shopping malls and parks are available on weekends, but are not used.
It also plans to ban the parking of cars and private vehicles in designated areas where only taxis and rickshaws will be allowed access. Private buildings with additional parking space will also be allowed to share space with others, under the new rules.
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