Space race over parking fees

You drive to work in Beijing and return to your car in the late afternoon to find a white piece of paper stuck on it. A note from a passing friend?

Not likely, not this month. It’s probably a parking citation and it comes at a cost; 200 yuan ($30.60) to be precise. Parking fines were increased in Beijing on April 1 but that was not all that changed at the beginning of the month.

Parking fees also shot up as part of the capital’s continuing efforts to relieve chronic traffic congestion. Roadside parking within the city’s Third Ring Road now costs 10 yuan for the first hour and 15 yuan for each additional hour.

Drivers were previously charged only 2 yuan per hour in most areas of the city except for downtown business and shopping areas, where the cost was already 10 yuan per hour.

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