Bratislava may finally get united parking policy

Attempt to introduce paid residential parking in Petržalka has failed.

Parking is problematic in several boroughs of BratislavaParking is problematic in several boroughs of Bratislava (Source: Sme)

The decision about introducing a single parking policy in Bratislava may be made this autumn. Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal informed on May 13 about his plan to submit a draft regulation for parking policy to city councillors for negotiations at its October or November session.

“I want city districts to have powers and a framework to pursue the parking policy on their territories as of the next year,” said Nesrovnal as cited by the TASR newswire.

For now the Slovak capital is lacking a proper single parking policy. While no such initiative has been introduced on the level of the entire city, individual districts have been trying to introduce various schemes of residential parking. None of them has been successful so far. Petržalka’s attempt has failed completely and now it is Karlova Ves which is starting with its pilot project of residential parking.

Nesrovnal would like to see at least central districts of Bratislava joining the scheme – Old Town, Petržalka, Ružinov and Nové Mesto.

“Other districts may join later,” said Nesrovnal.

The scheme is designed in order boroughs themselves could modify basic elements like parking zones or the fee for parking.

Individual districts of Bratislava negotiated the draft regulation in late spring and now their comments are being assessed.

Currently, the councils of Old Town, Nové Mesto, Petržalka, Záhorská Bystrica, Rača, Jarovce and Rusovce have okayed the philosophy of the proposed parking policy. In Ružinov the plan has not won the needed support among local deputies. Deputies of city councils in Karlova Ves and Dúbravka have also turned it down.

The aim of the single parking policy is to introduce a united parking scheme on local roads of the first up to the fourth class.

Bratislava is one of few European cities and the final regional capital in Slovakia without its own single parking policy.     

Within the new scheme residents of individual districts would be able to obtain a residential parking card at a price between €20 and €100 per year for the first card in a household. They would then be able to request a card for each additional car.. However its price could be 50-times higher than for the first car.  

The fee for temporary parking should be between €0.2 and €5 per hour.  

Business people would be able to buy parking cards at prices 5-50-fold of the residential parking card, i.e. between €100 and €5,000.

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