At the Thursday session, the councilors will deal with further changes in the paid parking zone. The draft proposes an increase in prices for parking – the first hour may cost PLN 4 and 50 groszy. There are also higher fees for avoiding payments and extending the zone to new areas of Mokotów and Praga Północ. As previously announced, the implementation of the SPPN in Kamionek and Saska Kępa has been postponed for the time being.
At the upcoming session of the Warsaw Council, a resolution on changes to the Unguarded Paid Parking Zone will be processed. Its project was published in the Public Information Bulletin. It shows that parking fees may increase in the near future.
The first hour of parking is to cost 4.50 PLN instead 3.90. Second hour – PLN 5.40 instead PLN 4.60three o’clock – 6.40 PLN instead of PLN 5.5the fourth and each subsequent – after 4.50 PLN instead PLN 3.90.
The fees for parking in SPPN are collected from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00. At current rates, parking all day (12 hours) costs money PLN 49.10. After the increase, the rate for 12 hours of downtime will increase to PLN 56.80.
The fees for the resident’s subscription will not be increased. Another significant change will be the abolition of the requirement to insert a control ticket and clear information about mobile payments for the windshield of the car.
Higher penalty for failure to pay for parking
People who have not paid for parking in the SPPN will have to pay a fee in the amount of 300 zlotysinstead 250 zlotys. The justification indicated that the increase was intended to reduce the number of drivers avoiding paying for the use of the zone. Last year, the average share of vehicles parked without buying a ticket was around 11 percent of all users.
Until now, paying the fee within 7 days could benefit from a lower rate – it was 170 zlotys. Now it has been proposed to raise to 200 zlotys.
They want to increase vehicle rotation in the SPPN
The resolution indicates that the changes will enter into force on August 15, 2022, in addition to the increase in the fee for non-payment for parking – this will come into force on January 2, 2023.
The City Hall assumes that the revenues to the city budget from fees in the SPPN will increase to PLN 180 million per year (a year earlier, they amounted to PLN 151 million). After expanding the zone to include new areas, an additional PLN 22 million will be added. One place is expected to generate an average of PLN 3,504 per year.
“The constantly growing number of motor vehicles in Warsaw requires measures to counteract dysfunctions in the conduct of a rational parking policy” – we read in the justification. According to the office’s data, by December 31, 2021, 2 009 458 vehicles were registered in the capital, which is an increase of one percent compared to the previous year. “The excess of cars, with a fee disproportionately low to the number of cars, contributes to low vehicle rotation, resulting from long periods of downtime” – added.
The justification emphasized that shaping the rules of parking in the city center is an essential element of the transport policy and contributes to the creation of a friendly transport system. It is also one of the tools that local governments have in their fight to improve air quality and reduce the negative effects of climate change “- argues the office.
Extension of the SPPN in Mokotów and Praga Północ
The resolution also included provisions regarding the extension of the zone to include parts of Mokotów and Praga Północ. In this way, ZDM wants to limit the long-term parking of vehicles from outside these areas. Thanks to this, residents will have a chance to have better access to parking spaces, it will also be easier to find a place for short-term parking.
SPPN in Mokotów will cover Dolny Mokotów (to the line of Gagarina Street) and Górny Mokotów (to the line of Różana Street). “The boundary of the extension area has been adjusted based on the requests of the residents and the District Board to include Grottgera streets and streets south of Madalińskiego” – we read in the justification of the resolution.
On the other hand, in Praga Północ, the extension will cover primarily the area around Hallera Square (a quarter of Jagiellońska, Ratuszowa, 11 Listopada and Starzyńskiego Streets). The justification reminded that the streets around this part of Praga were already in the SPPN, which meant that drivers “ran away from tolls” to the indicated area.
Draft resolution without SPPN in Kamionek and Saska Kępa
Road workers have also been working on extending the SPPN in Kamionek and Saska Kępa for some time. However, none of these areas was included in the part of the resolution on enlargement. Let us recall that the mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, said at the beginning of May that the process would take longer than originally planned.
– For me it is very important that the paid parking zone is and covers these places. It is hard to imagine that we would have a paid parking zone in Praga, from which Saska Kępa or Kamionek would be excluded. We are giving ourselves some more time because there is controversy – admitted Trzaskowski.
– I hope that it will be possible to clearly explain to all stakeholders that the zone is needed. In fact, in all places in Warsaw where it was introduced, it was received positively by the residents. Sometimes there were various concerns, but after the introduction, the residents assessed these changes positively, so I am convinced that it will be the same in this case – stressed Trzaskowski.
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