Thursday, February 14, 2019

Airport parking fine breather for ‘a few days’

Calcutta: The airport authorities on Wednesday did not fine motorists Rs 400 for exceeding the free 10-minute window for a drop or pick-up in front of the terminal building.

Signboards that read “Fine Rs 400 beyond three minutes dwell time and seven minutes running time” have been put up along the driveways on the airport premises but the Airports Authority of India (AAI) decided to give motorists “a few days’ time” to get used to the new system, an official said.

“Dwell time” refers to how long a vehicle can remain in front of the terminal building without paying any fee and “running time” denotes the time taken to travel to and from the terminal.

AAI sources, however, said only the total time a car spent on the airport premises would be taken into account as there was no mechanism to ascertain the “dwell time” and the “running time” separately.

“The boards have been put up recently. We will give people time to understand that fines will be imposed,” an AAI official said.

Earlier, the motorists who would exceed the 10-minute window would be fined Rs 100. Along with hiking the fine amount to Rs 400, the AAI has also rejigged the parking fee from Rs 100 for two hours to Rs 40 for 30 minutes.

On Wednesday, Metro found parking attendants collecting fees according to the new structure.

A toll booth has been dedicated for cars that intend to exit the complex within 10 minutes. Another has been set up for private cars that will park on the premises and a third for commercial vehicles such as app cabs, which, too, will be parked.

Commercial vehicles belonging to rental agencies have to pay an access fee of Rs 60 before heading towards the parking lot.
14/02/19 Telegraph
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