Promising Parking Policies Worldwide: Lessons for India?

I have mentioned before that India's cities have dire parking problems and much heated debate over what to do about them.

I have strong views on the subject, informed in part by my study of parking policy in Asian cities. So I was happy to be invited to a 17 August conference in Delhi entitled 'International Conference on Parking Reforms for a Liveable City. It was organised by the environmental NGO, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which is prominent in India's parking policy debates. It was a fascinating day, shared with parking folks from all over India and a few from other parts of the world. It was good to catch up with some old friends.

My presentation is embedded below.  If you can't see it, here is a link to the pdf.

My key point was to ask where in the world India's cities might find useful and relevant models for parking policy. Unfortunately, Indian cities now seem to be following the least appropriate model, the USA's and Australia's suburban parking policy approach.

My talk also includes the first public airing of an approach to parking policy reform that I am calling Adaptive Parking. It brings together many of the ideas that I have been raising in this blog.

The Adaptive Parking reform agenda is based on Donald Shoup's approach but tries to extend it.  It aims to make Shoup's market-oriented parking reform agenda general enough to be relevant to places very different from North America. It also offers guidance on how to move in that direction with baby steps even if your city is not ready to take on the whole package of Shoupista reforms.

I will be saying more about Adaptive Parking in the coming months. In the meantime, feedback on this presentation would be very welcome!

Other presentations at the conference included the following, all of which can be downloaded from the conference page:
  • Parking policy: Getting the principles right
     By Anumita Roy Chowdhury
  • Europe’s Parking U-Turn
     By Michael Kodransky
  • Parking Pricing as TDM Tool
     By Dr. Errampalli Madhu
  • Parking Reforms for a Liveable City
     By Sanjiv N. Sahai
  • Parking Demand Management Study for Central Delhi
     By Piyush Kansal
  • Parking Reforms for a Liveable City
     By Abhijit Lokre


  1. I enjoyed your presentation. How was it received in India? Did you get the sense that people resonated with it, clueless, or somewhere in between?

  2. Mark: I think the talk was well received. There were some interesting questions. The Adaptive Parking messages may have been too subtle for some in the audience but the key points about enforcement and where to look for models around the world went down well I think (based on the feedback).

    Sorry to be slow to respond. I neglected the blog in recent weeks.


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