The city plans to raise fees for specific areas or during special events to address parking issues.
Taipei is considering increasing parking fees in public spaces to increase the proportion of revenue while promoting the use of public transport.
The capital has struggled to meet the city’s parking needs despite having 250 public parking lots and 50,000 roadside parking spots. Currently, the city charges NT$10 ($0.36) to NT$60 per hour depending on the base and location, while the new proposal seeks to increase the maximum fee to NT$150 per hour.
Lo Chih-hao (羅志浩), an official with the city’s Office of Parking Management and Development, explained that the details of the plan are still being studied and it is likely that the 80 yuan ceiling will be adopted first.
Further evaluation will be conducted to determine whether it is necessary to increase fees to NT$100, NT$120 or NT$150 to better address parking problems.
The official added that this would not be a hooded fee increase, but rather in “hot zones” identified as places with parking capacity above 90 percent, to try to prevent one seat being occupied for too long. The Xinyi and Ximen business districts were among the sites targeted.
Acknowledging there could be a backlash, noting that fees have not been adjusted for 25 years, while many private lots have charged NT$100 an hour. Arguing that price increases are likely to be applied during special events such as the Lunar New Year, he encouraged people to take public transport to avoid difficulty parking.