Parking Policy in Asian Cities

Publication | July 2011

This report provides an international comparative perspective on parking policy in Asian cities, while highlighting the nature of the policy choices available.

  • US$22.00 (paperback)

Most Asian cities are facing an acute parking crisis as a result of rapid urbanization and motorization, and high urban densities. Parking policy is an important component of a holistic approach to sustainable urban transport across the region. The report is a step in building a knowledge base to address the knowledge gap on parking and the lack of adequate guidance for parking policy in Asia.

'By adopting this study's recommendation to charge the lowest price for on-street parking that will leave one or two vacant spaces on every block, high-density Asian cities can use the resulting revenue to pay for local public services to benefit poor people.'

- Donald Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

About the author

Paul Barter is an Assistant Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore where he teaches on infrastructure policy, urban policy and transport policy.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Approaches to Parking Supply Policy
  • Minimum Parking Requirements and Parking Built with Buildings
  • Parking Policy in Streets and Lanes
  • Government Resources Devoted to Off-Street Parking Supply
  • Policy toward Public Parking as a Business
  • Parking as a Mobility Management Tool
  • Car Parking Outcomes in Asian Cities
  • Motorcycle Parking
  • Parking Policy Trajectories?
  • Policy Lessons and Conclusions
  • References
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Transport
  • Urban development
  • RPT102513
  • 978-92-9092-241-4 (Print)
  • 978-92-9092-352-7 (Web)

Subscribe to our monthly digest of latest ADB publications.

Follow ADB Publications on social media.