The problem of illegal parking is a source of constant frustration in modern cities around the world. According to some estimates, six out of every ten drivers in India are stressed about the availability of a parking spot. It isn’t hard to imagine motorists desperately looking for a spot parking their vehicles illegally.
Whatsoever the causes behind illegal parking may be, it is clear that our cities must look for an urgent solution.
How Indian cities are tackling illegal parking?
In May this year, Kerala’s Human Rights Commission asked the police to crack down on illegal parking on the footpaths in Thiruvananthapuram. Because of parked vehicles, pedestrians were forced to walk on the roads. While enforcement tools like surveillance cameras were placed in most parts of the city, seldom were they used by the police to identify and punish violations.
In July, the Bombay high court ordered the Mumbai police to remove vehicles in no-parking zones and those on the roads for more than 10 hours. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was instructed to establish a grievance redressal mechanism for lodging complaints against illegally parked vehicles. This was the result of a PIL filed on the grounds of traffic congestion and encroachment of footpaths in some parts of Mumbai. It was also noted that though the traffic police department issued notifications regarding important arterial roads, implementation was lax and both motorists and police ignored the directives.
In Pune, residents and commuters in Ramchandra Vaze were able to solve the problem by complaining about illegally parked vehicles in June. Despite having parallel parking facilities, irresponsible citizens were found parking their vehicles in a haphazard manner. The police initiated a drive against the violators and routinely took action, significantly bringing traffic in the area down. While policymaking is a potent tool, it needs a proper implementation to solve the problems associated with parking. Cities need a technology-enabled solution to effectively tackle illegal parking.
Combating illegal parking with smart parking technology
Smart parking solutions can efficiently identify violators, allowing for targeted enforcement such that parking control officers can identify and tackle disruptions proactively before they become a real problem.
Sensors and cameras can ascertain parking space availability, wirelessly relaying this data to a central cloud-based smart parking platform. With data from other sensors, a real-time parking map is created that can be used by drivers easily instead of driving around searching. Thus, users can secure a parking spot with no hassle, reducing stress levels during each commute. Road rage, accidents, stress levels, and many other illegal parking issues can be tackled if smart parking solutions are implemented in the right way.
The map can also direct parking control officers to areas of high violations, improving the effectiveness of enforcement. Smart parking solutions are also ideal for implementing targeted enforcement. Manually, effectively implementing checks on parking violations is tedious. With technology, the process turns into cakewalk as pre-defined parameters on platforms do the work for enforcement officials.
Opportunities for modern cities
While illegal parking may often seem like a trivial violation, it causes great inconvenience to commuters and can lead to major accidents. At the end of the day, it is difficult parking situations that cause motorists to resort to questionable, often illegal, alternative parking arrangements. By leveraging smart, sensible and cost-effective solutions implemented through IoT, cities can solve the problem of illegal parking to a large extent, contributing to clean and safe localities.
About Get My Parking
Get My Parking is an award-winning provider of Interoperable Digital Parking Platform that integrates any parking equipment and connects it to mobile and cloud for a standardized seamless experience. It enables parking operators and owners to leapfrog to a customized white-label solution with their existing equipment. It essentially plays the role of connecting all parking and mobility stakeholders on common platform who were until now operating in silos. It has presence in over 4 countries and processes over 2 million transactions per month. It was awarded ‘Amazon AWS Mobility Startup of the Year (emerging) 2017’ in Travel category.
Get My Parking was conceived with a view to affordably digitize the global parking industry. With a dream run of achievements and appreciation by Prime Ministers of India and UK both, it is also working with several city governments to provide smarter parking for smart cities. Its strong foundation of team, technology, and partnerships with leading system integrators and parking equipment manufacturers enables it to provide a single seamless platform for all stakeholders involved like operators, consumers, equipment manufacturers, and city administrations. The company aims to create future-proof parking technology and connect parking industry internally as well as with urban mobility players.