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Jakarta Post

Motorists undeterred by parking fee hike

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 11 2012   /  08:26 am

Several motorists have said that they will continue to brave the city’s congested streets, vowing to pay more when parking fees go up instead of taking public transportation.In September, then governor Fauzi Bowo signed a decree to increase off-street parking fees for cars from Rp 2,000 (21 US cents) to Rp 4,000 to a maximum of Rp 5,000 and to impose hourly parking rates of Rp 1,000 to Rp 2,000 for motorcycles.The new fees will apply to parking operators in shopping centers, hotels, office buildings and apartments.This is the first time the city administration has raised parking fees in the past eight years. The policy is aimed at reducing traffic and increasing tax revenue. Beijing applied a similar policy in 2011, raising its off-street parking fees for cars to 8 yuan (about $1.20).Transportation observers and motorists alike said that they doubted the measure would make much differe...