Residents will soon pay 120 instead of 10.20 euros per year for their parking vignette. An initiative only wants to accept this if, in return, there are also zones specially reserved for residents.
initiator the petition is Dieter Zurstrassen (71). He lives on Kantstrasse, where a pop-up cycle path has halved the number of parking spaces; the others have ticket machines. Still, it’s always full. “I have to circle the block several times,” says Zurstrassen.
“We call on the new coalition to combine the massive increase in resident parking fees with the creation of pure resident parking zones in the inner-city neighborhoods,” says the avenger of the Parker.
And: “That could actually reduce traffic looking for a parking space and provide incentives for city visitors to switch to local public transport.” Or they use a parking garage.
The Transport Senate does not share the idea: “Reserving parking spaces only for residents is already in some streets, but only as a major exception,” says spokesman Jan Thomsen.
Only where there is a lot of pressure to park, for example at Hackescher Markt. The spaces are marked with “Restricted no parking” and the addition “Free with residents’ parking permit”.
Thomsen continues: “The public space is very valuable and is not exclusive to any single group.”