Shenzhen Road Traffic Management Center has announced that it plans to fine drivers who illegally occupy public parking spots or damage parking facilities following several reports of such cases, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported yesterday.
In a residential community in Futian District, three parking locks were installed at a parking spot, while a magnetic sensor buried in the middle of them had been dug out. A resident said a kindergarten nearby was in control of the spot, which is one of 13,200 roadside spots across the city where drivers need to pay for temporary parking services as of this year.
On the side of the road near Donghu Hospital in Luohu District, dozens of parking spots have been marked out without official serial numbers and parking meters. In addition, no bulletins were found nearby to illustrate information on parking hours and fares.
According to the city's regulations on parking, drivers will be fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,610) for marking out parking spots without permission or illegally occupying them, and those who control the spots will be fined 20,000 yuan per spot if they fail to rectify the situation within a fixed period of time.
An official with the management center said they have recently discontinued the use of some parking spots near bus stations, intersections, fire hydrants and pedestrian crossings across the city. "Citizens can only park their cars on spots with a serial number and an underground sensor," the official said.
On Hubei Road in Luohu District, some underground sensors have been covered by stones in an attempt to avoid supervision and shirk fees, but the official said the stones did not cause the sensor to malfunction and that they report to police once they find that equipment has been stolen or damaged.
Drivers are required to pay for roadside parking fees through mobile phone apps or by calling the service number (96001) after registration and pre-payment through the center's website www.szrtc.cn.