The proposed changes have now been submitted to individual town halls for comments. “I see the city districts as partners in the challenges we have to deal with. I have said from the beginning that I would like to increase their powers, when they already determine whether and which zones will be introduced. Now we want to focus on tuning the system as such, then we will solve the price,” said Hřib.
A new city-wide visitor’s flat rate will be introduced, which anyone can purchase for all mixed zones in the metropolis. The price of the permit will be graded according to the type of car, with drivers of electric cars or hydrogen cars paying less than drivers of gasoline and diesel cars. Visitor cards will not be issued for cars that have a Euro 5 permit and below. The aim is to improve the environment.
The novelty will be the option of a so-called subscription, where the driver will not have to pay an annual parking fee, but will be able to pay it monthly. If he does not pay on time for the given month, the authorization will be invalid. Visitors and residents will have this option.
Parking meters, i.e. portable parking permits, will be abolished. According to Hřib, it became the subject of speculation especially in Prague 1. At the end of this year, free parking for electric cars will stop. According to Hřib, it was a temporary measure from the beginning. Electric cars will have reserved spaces only at chargers.
The rules do not change for residents now. It continues to be true, for example, that he will pay less for the first car than for the next. Changes are not planned for ZTP card holders or carers either.
A new supply permit will be introduced. It will have two versions, namely for the supplied and for the supplier. They will be able to choose a permit for 15 minutes or half an hour. “The goal is to keep vans from parking on the sidewalk,” Hřib said. The supply driver clicks in the municipal application and starts the clock. After the time is up, he will have to leave. Also in this case, drivers of more environmentally friendly cars will pay less.
It is not yet clear how parking prices will change. According to Hřib, the city now subsidizes annual public transport coupons by 85 percent. For parking, it is more than 90 percent. “This is unsustainable in the long term,” he said. However, the award will consist of two parts, namely the municipal and municipal parts. The town hall and the city will then divide the proceeds in the ratio that makes up the aforementioned components of the price. But the town hall component will not be able to be higher than the municipal component.
Zones were first introduced in the capital city in their modern form in 1996 in the Prague 1 part, where efforts to regulate traffic appeared as early as 1982. Subsequently, they expanded and operate in Prague 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 , 8, 9, 10, 13, 16 and 22. The municipality collects around half a billion crowns annually from parking fees.