Parking Fee in the Capital to See Major Increase


City Transport Bureau, has proposed parking fee increments of 10 Br to 50 Br an hour




A new study, conducted by the Addis Abeba Road Transport Bureau, has proposed parking fee increments of 10 to 50 Br at prime locations.

The strategic plan, which aimed at ensuring a proper parking management system, was drafted by the city transport bureau and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has supported the draft financially, while Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and World Research Institute extended technical assistance.

The draft strategic plan, dubbed as the Addis Abeba Non-Motorised Transport (NMT), aims at ensuring efficient use of roadside parking employing an On-street Parking Management System, which enables cars to pay and park on the street. It also targets to reduce traffic accidents as well as protect the environment by encouraging the use of bicycles and walking. The revenue collected from the parking will be used to maintain roads and sidewalks and greening the area. The Bureau plans to pilot the new system during the next Ethiopian year.

Currently, road-side parking is used as means to create jobs for the youth, who are charging drivers one to two Birr an hour. However, the new proposed fee ranges between 10 Br to 50 Br an hour.

“As most of the roads are used for parking, the fee adjustment will discourage the drivers from parking on roads,” said Solomon Kidane (PhD), head of Addis Abeba Road Transport coordination Office.

For the implementation of the strategy, a committee from Addis Ababa City Roads Authority, Addis Ababa Traffic Management Agency and Addis Ababa Police Commission will be formeed. A representative from the Bureau will chair the committee while a delegate from the Transport Programs Management Office will be a secretariat.

In promoting non-motorisation, walking and cycling, the strategy targets to minimise traffic congestion, traffic fatalities and protect the environment of the city. Traffic collisions and fatalities were 395 in 2016, however, increased to 463 in 2017, of which 80pc involved pedestrians. Another report released a year ago rated that only 14pc of the roads in the capital are acceptable for pedestrian safety. The city’s road coverage reached 22.16pc as of June 30, 2017.

The strategy will be implemented in line with a new master plan, which is designed for a quarter of a century and promotes walking, cycling and other modes of non-motorised mobility, according to the draft strategy.

Only 15pc of the capital’s population own vehicles while the remaining use a public and mass transportation system, according to a study conducted by the Transport Bureau. With a vibrant business activity, Addis is one of the spots for rural-urban migration. As of 2017, Addis population has reached 3.2 million and is expected to reach 4.7 million after 13 years. Addis contributes eight percent of the national GDP, with an annual GDP growth rate of 15pc.

When fully implemented,  the system will improve the mobility of the people and create a more accessible, inclusive, sustainable, efficient and healthy transportation system, according to Berhanu Woldeyohannes, a project management expert at the Bureau.

The plan seems attractive to Fikadu Gurmessa (PhD), a lecturer of transport geography at Addis Abeba University. But he doubts its applicability of the cycling strategy, stating the topography of the city and awareness level of the community.

The city administration has to be creative and innovative in providing alternative roads for pedestrians, according to him.

“They have to focus on the construction of off-street parking, and get alternative venues to encourage pedestrians and cycle users,” he said.

The City administration is also planning to develop a mass transit network including two light rail transit (LRT) corridors and seven bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors.

 



By BERHANE HAILEMARIAM
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

Published on Jun 16,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 946]


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