Scheuer: Don't Make Residential Parking Much More Expensive

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Scheuer: Don't Make Residential Parking Much More Expensive
Scheuer: Don't Make Residential Parking Much More Expensive

Video: Scheuer: Don't Make Residential Parking Much More Expensive

Video: Scheuer: Don't Make Residential Parking Much More Expensive
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Residential parking in cities should become more expensive. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has now warned of massive increases in prices.

The CSU politician emphasized in a letter to the transport ministers of the federal states that an extension of the fee framework up to an amount of 240 euros per year would be “excessive”.

The background is an amendment proposal from the group of states for a reform of the road traffic regulations (StVO), on which the Federal Council is to vote next Friday. So far, a resident parking permit can cost 10.20 euros to 30.70 euros per year.

Discussions have been going on for quite some time

New regulations and higher prices for residential parking have been discussed for some time. Proponents' argument: That could make some people get around the city without their own car. It is also intended to help ensure that, after decades of priority for cars, buses and trains, cyclists and pedestrians also get better conditions in the limited traffic area of many cities.

Scheuer has indicated that he is open to more freedom for the federal states and municipalities with regard to parking fees. Among other things, an “Alliance for Modern Mobility” launched in autumn by the federal, state and municipal umbrella organizations will deal with this.

Scheuer emphasizes in the letter to the federal states: “The envisaged freedom does not mean an increase in price. This has to be implemented appropriately and, above all, legally secure. "The route now proposed by the State of Berlin via the Federal Council, however, is" associated with considerable legal risks "after the specialist department of its department had examined it.

More design space required

The Federal Minister of Transport therefore asks the federal states to exclude this point from the StVO amendment. Should the Federal Council pass the regulation, this would mean that the entire amendment “with all its positive regulations, especially to strengthen cycling, could not be promulgated”. Instead, he suggests creating more room for maneuver in terms of parking fees by amending the Road Traffic Act, which would not involve any legal risks. The reform of the Road Traffic Regulations provides for more space and more rights for cyclists as well as stricter rules for cars - such as minimum distances when overtaking cyclists or stopping bans on protective lanes.

Up to 240 euros a year


For resident parking permits, the Federal Council's Transport Committee is now proposing to expand the fee framework to 10 to 240 euros per year. This would allow “economic value and benefit” for residents to be adequately taken into account. The current framework essentially only covers the administrative costs for exhibiting due to the low upper limit of EUR 30.70.

It remains to be seen whether the proposal will find a majority in the Federal Council. If the regional chamber approves a regulation with certain changes, the federal government must implement it in this form - but it could also withdraw it.

City day for more freedom

There are already a number of supporters for a reform of residential parking. The German Association of Cities welcomes more freedom and considers a framework of 20 to 200 euros per year to be conceivable. The Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) complained that it cannot be that, for example, only 10 euros are due in Berlin. The ADAC motorists' club is also for more leeway. However, it should remain an upper limit in order to avoid cases of social hardship. In addition, “sufficient parking space” is still required in residential areas.

The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has proposed no longer charging fees, but rather prices for the use of parking space. Municipalities could make parking more expensive when there is limited space or at peak times, but also lower it elsewhere. Prices for resident parking permits could also be tiered depending on income. That would mean: higher earners would have to pay more. (dpa)