PIDE suggests implementing a culture of paid parking to tackle traffic congestion in Islamabad
The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) has released a study report that proposes the adoption of a paid parking culture in Islamabad as a solution to the problem of traffic congestion. The report suggests implementing a pilot parking plan and highlights the negative impact of free parking on car usage. The study surveyed multiple parking locations in busy markets, revealing a significant gap between parking demand and supply.
It also found that motorists often face difficulties in finding parking spaces, resulting in wasted time and fuel. According to the report, a majority of parkers are willing to pay for parking. To address these issues, the report recommends the establishment of designated parking areas equipped with stalls for cars and motorbikes. It further suggests the use of parking meters, a parking app, CCTV cameras, and traffic wardens to effectively manage parking.
The implementation of the proposed plan is estimated to generate substantial revenue and alleviate traffic congestion. The report outlines different pricing options and emphasizes the need to improve alternative transportation options. The launch of the report facilitated discussions among stakeholders to collaborate and exchange ideas on tackling traffic congestion and parking challenges in Islamabad.