By the end of this year, drivers will also be able to use portable parking permits, which the city management plans to cancel as well. This follows from the document approved by the Prague councilors today. The management of the metropolis plans to change the rules for the operation of zones, individual town halls are now sending their comments on the proposal.

Zones began to function in their modern form for the first time in the 1990s and apply mainly in the center and wider city center. Residents pay 1,200 crowns for an annual parking card. Last year, sales of electric cars in the Czech Republic increased by 71 percent to 6,640 vehicles, three percent of the total number of cars sold were electric cars. Prague expects the number of cars in the metropolis to increase to 180,000 by 2030.

Although the city will abolish the free parking of electric cars in the area, it wants to keep some of their advantages compared to cars with internal combustion engines in the future. Electric cars would park for free in designated places near the chargers. “However, this step (with benefits for electric cars) is conditional, among other things, on the adoption of a new price list of parking permits, which can only be done in agreement with all affected city districts,” the document reads.

“The electric car occupies the same spatial space as a car with an internal combustion engine, and with regard to their expected increase, their one-sided preferential treatment with free parking in resident spots is not sustainable in the long term. Nevertheless, the city will continue to support electromobility, but in other ways,” said Deputy Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Piráti).

According to the material, the new price list should start to apply from October 1 this year. To bridge this period, it is proposed to extend the time during which electric cars can park in paid parking zones according to the existing rules until the end of 2024.

As in the case of electric cars, the rules for issuing portable parking permits will not yet change. She wants to abolish the city administration mainly because some people abuse them, speculate with them and use them for their own profit at the expense of town halls and the municipality.

The opposition ANO does not agree with the abolition of the advantage for electric cars. “It was one of the few benefits offered to drivers today for buying more expensive cars with worse driving characteristics to reduce emissions in Prague. According to experts, this measure will also have an impact on the sales of electric cars from domestic manufacturers, which are already in a major crisis today,” said representative and chairman of the municipal control committee Ondřej Prokop (ANO).

In addition, the proposal for changes to the operation of the zones envisages the introduction of season tickets to the purple zones for the entire city. For one fee, the driver could then park in any purple zone in Prague. The city assumes that it would be graduated, for example, electric cars would have cheaper permits. There will also be the possibility of parking for visiting residents. Visitor tariffs should be unified, because every part of the city now has a different situation, which concerns, for example, parking on weekends.

Zones were first introduced in the capital city in their modern form in 1996 in the part of Prague 1, where the effort to regulate traffic appeared in 1982. Subsequently, they spread in the center and the wider center, as well as in more distant parts of the metropolis, including Prague 13, 16 or 22. The municipality collects around half a billion crowns annually from parking fees.