Peru: Lima’s parking space crisis worsens as more cars are purchased

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

While residents that drive their own vehicles in Lima do not have to use the country’s "infernal public transportation system" there is still a high price to pay for using your own car, reports El Comercio daily.

A study done by the Peruvian daily revealed that an average worker in San Isidro, one of the country’s most upscale districts, spent 2,880 soles per year on private parking.

When comparing other parking costs, it was reported that to park your car in a garage in downtown Lima, it cost approximately six soles for two hours and fifty cents to park your car in a municipal space (plus a tip for the person that "watches" the car).

Running the risk of theft, being fined or adding to an already chaotic street scene, leaving your car in the street was not considered a wise option.

Motorists are calling for a solution to the capital’s problem of limited parking spaces and the rising number of vehicles in the city.

According to Peru’s Automotive Association, 28,430 light vehicles were sold in 2007, 8,000 more than the amount sold in 2006.

Furthermore, 19,697 have already been sold in 2008.

While the number of vehicles in the country is increasing greatly, there are not government policies that are organizing this growth, reported El Comercio.