Petržalka, Ružinov and other Bratislava boroughs are launching pilot parking projects

Bratislava gears up for new parking policy.

(Source: Sme)

Several of the Bratislava boroughs are launching pilot parking projects until the time when the whole-city parking policy becomes effective at the beginning of January 2021. The Petržalka borough is the most advanced as it already plans to launch regulated parking in selected zones as of November 1.

“Parking is a long-term problem in Petržalka and our goal is to solve it in such a way that Petržalka residents have priority,” said Petržalka Mayor Ján Hrčka.

The primary goal of the Petržalka council is to compel people living in Petržalka to register their permanent residence there. The pilot project would also provide data, which the Bratislava city council could use when creating the whole-city parking policy, the TASR newswire reported.

Petržalka will firstly start by regulating parking in the locality of Dvory, a buffer zone close to the Old Town and the office premises Digitalpark, the shopping centre Aupark and the Incheba exposition centre, and gradually spread the project over the whole borough.

The new parking system will enable Petržalka residents to park in this borough free of charge, 24 hours, seven days per week. People without permanent residence will be able to park at marked parking places during the day free of charge. Overnight, they will have to pay €1 per hour for parking at these places, or they will have to park elsewhere. All those using the parking areas, residents as well as non-residents, will have to register either electronically or by filling in a form. The regulated parking places will be marked with blue lines while non-regulated parking places will remain white.

Petržalka council will also enable commuters whom landlords refuse to register for permanent residence to register for so-called administrative permanent residence and thus take advantage of free parking in the borough.

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Petržalka council has submitted a draft of the respective generally binding regulation (VZN) for discussion with the general public. It plans to pass it at its September session in order for the pilot project to be launched on November 1, 2019. The borough intends to regulate parking in the whole of Petržalka until mid 2020.

Other city boroughs

Ružinov, Nové Mesto and Rača boroughs are also launching pilot parking projects.

Ružinov wants to launch its first pilot project in its oldest housing estate 500 Bytov (500 Apartments) in the Nivy locality close to the new downtown which is being built there, by the end of 2019. Other localities neighbouring with the Old Town and thus suffering from the biggest parking problems, like Nivy, Ružová Dolina and Starý Ružinov, will follow.

“Our pilot project for residential parking is prepared and drawn and we are preparing to submit it for approval proceedings,” said Ružinov Mayor Martin Chren, as cited by the SITA newswire.

Ružinov plans to conduct a survey in the autumn, which would indicate where residential parking should be introduced. These should be localities in which residential parking would improve the situation.

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The Nové Mesto borough is targeting its pilot parking project on localities earmarked by the streets of Trnavská Cesta and Bajkalská and the locality between the streets of Krížna, Legionárska, Račianska and Kukučínova. Again, these are buffer zones on the edge of the city centre and this borough.

The Rača borough is working on its pilot parking project for the housing estate Krasňany, which it plans to launch on July 1, 2020. Then it wants to continue with other localities – the housing estates of Experimentálka, Barónka and Záhumenice. They have not set an exact order yet, said Rača’s spokesperson Margaréta Cehláriková, as cited by SITA.

In the pilot phase they will work with a variant according to which parking areas for residents will be free, while others will have 10 percent of parking places at their disposal or they will pay an hourly fee for parking.

The Old Town, which launched its own parking policy several years ago, does not plan any further parking projects for now. The Karlova Ves borough already regulates parking in some zones and does not plan any pilot projects. Dúbravka and Vrakuňa boroughs will not run pilot projects and will wait for the whole-city parking policy.

Bratislava prepares for the whole-city parking policy

Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo welcomes these initiatives by the city’s boroughs.

“I hope that our new department at the city council which is responsible for the launch of the parking policy will make use of the data and information gained during the pilot parking projects,” said Vallo, as cited by TASR.

Under the whole-city parking policy, the city council is introducing an annual €39 fee for the residential parking of one car. If there are two cars in a household, the second card will cost €150 a year. Commuters will pay parking fees depending in which zone they park, the charge being from 50 cents to €2 per hour. The city council promises to build incentive parking, while it will be up to each borough whether it will regulate parking on its territory.

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