Parking area management
Many citizens of Berlin know and value the parking area management in their neighbourhoods already. They can find a parking place easily, have to suffer less noise and exhaust from people looking for parking places and can park relatively cost-efficiently close to their homes.
About 40 percent of the inner-city area uses parking area management today. This is to be increased to 75 percent by 2020 in a first step, according to the draft of the air purity plan. Later, as the coalition contract stipulates, it is to be increased to 100 percent within the rapid transit ring.
What does expanded parking area management do?
Parking area management can ensure that the limits for nitrous oxides are complied with in more than a quarter (32) of the 117 strongly polluted street sections. The parking area management is therefore a highly effective measure to make the air in Berlin cleaner, and thus healthier, again. If it was not introduced, a lot more areas with a speed limit of 30 km/h and driving prohibitions would be required.
Which districts are affected, and what does the Senate do?
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln and Tempelhof-Schöneberg are already planning new zones. These plans are to be driven with the Senate’s organisational support. The districts are also to be provided with money for feasibility studies, parking ticket vending machines and staff in the next budget. The advantages of parking area management will soon convince other districts to implement them as well.
What changes for residents?
At the advanced introduction of parking area management, they must buy a resident sticker from the district offices for EUR 20.40. That means less than 3 cent per day. The vignette is good for two years. The advantages for the residents are clear: they find it easier to find a parking space, are not disturbed by people looking for a place to park as much and profit from better traffic safety.
What changes for visitors?
They must get a parking ticket from the vending machine. The costs are stipulated by the districts based on the Berlin fee rules. They are expected to rise from the current average of EUR 2.00 to EUR 3.00/hour.
Visitors who stay for longer can purchase visitor vignettes from the district offices. EUR 25.00 will cover up to four weeks.
Isn’t parking area management socially unfair?
The residents are able to park very cost-efficiently with their vignettes by national and international comparison. Compared to the fixed costs for a car, the expense will barely be noticeable. Visitors must pay more for parking. The prices are within the common range nation-wide.
At the same time, the Berlin Senate will invest in busses and trains and improve the infrastructure for cyclists. It will be increasingly attractive to not use a car.