In front of the Matabiau station in Toulouse, bad habits persist. Many motorists double-park to drop off or pick up a passenger. These unauthorized parking lots congest traffic.
Days go by and history repeats itself. In front of the Matabiau station in Toulouse, the parking problem is daily. Friday at the end of the day, synonymous with departure for many Toulouse residents, especially students, the phenomenon is growing. Only two red lights temporarily slow down traffic on the busy Boulevard Pierre Semard, which allows you to pass in front of the station. On the other hand, double-parked cars congest traffic. This problem, which has been going on for many years, remains unresolved. Annoying many Toulousans who circulate on the axis. Horn blasts are commonplace. It also happens that the tone rises between motorists.
“At any time, people issue their warning and wait for a passenger or drop one off. These companies irritate and we hear insults sometimes bursting forth, ”testifies an employee of one of the station kiosks. A few meters away, a parked taxi driver denounced the situation: “It’s painful. It makes it difficult for us. To exit the station, one must regularly wait several minutes. ”
Double parked, Mathieu came to pick up a friend. He understands “the fed up with motorists”. “But we must admit that it is super practical to set off again, even if it disrupts traffic,” slips the Toulouse.
135 euros fine
In an attempt to resolve this persistent problem, a new minute deposit was set up in 2017. It is accessible by avenue de Lyon. It has 37 seats and is free for 15 minutes. To this is added the Marengo minute deposit, open since July 2018, and which has 16 spaces. And the large parking lot at the station is also free for 15 minutes. Pierre dropped off a relative at the station, in one of the drop-offs. “It’s okay to do it here. What does it take? One more minute at the most. But people are in such a hurry… ”, he grimaces.
A municipal decree prohibits stopping and parking on Boulevard Pierre Semard. Signs marking the ban on parking have also been installed. However, these measures are not enough. Regularly, the police verbalize. Parking in front of the station, even for a few minutes, is punishable by a fine of 135 €. “Police officers regularly patrol in front of the station and issue tickets to offending motorists,” says Emilion Esnault, deputy mayor in charge of security. The elected official specifies that “the signage of drop-off parking lots will be improved”. While waiting to find the panacea …