Parking spaces in Hong Kong are so notoriously insufficient that there is no need for another study to prompt remedial action. The Audit Commission is nonetheless to be commended for putting the contributing factors into perspective in its latest value-for-money report. Beneath the figures of demand and supply lies a raft of bureaucracy, maladministration and planning blunders. It does not take an auditor to work out the imbalance. From December 2006 to December 2018 , the total number of private cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles increased by 44.4 per cent from 515,341 to 744,191, but the parking spaces only increased by 11.6 per cent from 678,230 to 756,909. This is not helped when there are shortfalls in planning standards. A study in 2002 overestimated that there would be surplus parking facilities for private cars up to 2011, prompting changes in private housing development standards and hence a reduction in supply. The ratio between the vehicle numbers and parking spaces is expected to drop further. Adding to the dismay is mismanagement of public parking sites. The auditor rightly took issue with the Transport Department after the top floor of a multistorey parking complex in Kwai Chung has been shut down entirely for more than five years, apparently after a theft case. Separately, some vehicles have been abandoned without being removed, the longest case up to 11 years. The low fees for on-street parking spaces and government sites has also aggravated the imbalance. The shortfall is not just causing inconvenience to drivers. The revenue foregone from parking spaces occupied by abandoned vehicles was estimated to reach HK$3.4 million. The economic and social costs arising from Illegal parking and the traffic congestion caused are much higher. It even became an excuse for lawmakers with vested interest to resist long overdue proposals to raise the fines for illegal parking. The government, they say, should address the parking space shortage first. Now that the long-standing problem has been thoroughly examined and solutions proposed, it is hoped that remedial actions will be taken expeditiously lest the shortage prevails indefinitely.