New parking policy starts in Bratislava’s Petržalka

More than 15,000 people have registered with the borough’s parking system.

New markings for parking places in Petržalka. New markings for parking places in Petržalka. (Source: Courtesy of Petržalka council)

Petržalka, the largest of the 17 boroughs of Bratislava, is launching its pilot parking project that will give preference to local residents as of November 1. Under this new scheme, Petržalka residents will be able 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, i.e. between 8:00 and 18:00, and during weekends, free of charge. Overnight, they will have to pay €1 per hour for parking at these places, or they will have to park elsewhere. This means that parking overnight may cost as much as €14.

During the launch phase, the borough will not punish those parking in the wrong place but they will receive a warning. Only after repeated breaches of the parking rules, will the municipal police start giving cars and drivers fines.

“I want to ask all Petržalka citizens for patience,” said Petržalka mayor Ján Hrčka, as cited in the press release. “On one hand, we have a problem with parking in Petržalka and we want to solve it immediately. On the other hand, there are some inconveniences that are associated with the changes. However, I firmly believe that the borough’s citizens will eventually come to feel that this new parking scheme provides better parking and will appreciate it.”

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All those using the parking areas, residents as well as non-residents, have to register either electronically or by filling in a form as part of the scheme. So far more than 15,000 people have registered. This accounts for about two thirds of car owners in Petržalka. Of these, more than 85 percent registered electronically. Most of those, who went to the municipal office in person were people who use a company car for private purposes where the office has to check the authenticity of documents.

Petržalka council reports an increased interest in registering for permanent residence in Petržalka with more than 300 people coming to register per week. The council has also enabled commuters, who landlords refuse to register for permanent residence, to register for so-called administrative permanent residence and thus take advantage of the free parking in the borough. So far about one hundred people have taken advantage of this opportunity.

The borough will have 26,000 parking places reserved for local residents. The municipality has already begun to mark as many of them as possible in blue. However, it is beyond its powers, either in term of time or finances, to mark them all. Until the whole-city parking policy is launched, it plans to mark 23,000.

The Petržalka pilot parking project will be in force until the whole-city parking policy becomes effective at the beginning of January 2021.

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