PROPERTY developers should be encouraged to provide free parking spaces to help relieve congestion and reduce parking charges, a motoring group said yesterday. The chief executive of the Hongkong Automobile Association, Mr Phil Taylor, criticised the government policy of privatising the management of its own parking facilities. He said this would only drive up charges which were already being forced up by the severe under-supply of private sector facilities. The Government has contracted out the management of its 14 car parks to two operators to allow competition curbing parking charges starting next month. The management, operation and maintenance of its 13,000 parking meters will also be tendered out in June to cut costs which in turn suppresses parking fees. But Mr Taylor attacked the move to put government operations into the hands of private companies. He said the Government should revise its building ordinance to encourage property developers to include off-road facilities for parking, loading and unloading of passengers and cargoes. These services, coupled with tens of thousands of road work sites, also have taken about one quarter of road surface which should be opened for traffic flow, he said. Mr Taylor also attacked the Government of spending too little on improving roads compared with pay-outs by motorists for their vehicles. Only $300 million out of $4 billion roadwork expense every year has been spent on upgrading existing roads, while owners of about 200,000 vehicles have paid up to $5 billion in fees and charges every year, he said.