Parking UK & Europe Comparison of on and off street parking UK and major European countries Manny Rasores de Toro – FIPP Parking Consultant
Parking UK & Europe On Street Overview: • On street parking controls across most of Europe operates similarly to the UK using Pay & Display for visitors and permits for local residentsand business. • Most European countries accept payment with coins, credit / debit cards and Local Authority charged cards (similar system to Oyster) offering discounts for residents. • As credit card / debit card payment is widely accepted in many countries, paying by phone has not achieved the take up experienced in the UK. • Parking fines are significantly lower than in the UK with most European countries charging between 15 and 35 Euros for parking contraventions. • The majority of enforcement in Europe is still carried out the traditional way by patrolling the streets and only a few countries are using ANPR devices.
Parking UK & Europe Off Street Overview: • The vast majority of off street parking controls across Europe is based on paying before departure system with barriers. No Pay & Display or ANPR is used for enforcement. • Most European countries / major cities accept payment with coins, credit / debit cards and offer discounts or concessions for regular users and shoppers. • Credit card / debit card payment is widely accepted in many countries. • Many of the car parks across Europe are built underground. This may cost more initially but makes the urban space more attractive and efficient. • The level of facilities provided in off street car parks is generally higher than in Britain. Many European car parks include: all forms of payment, give change, hands free TAG access, bay guidance, good lighting, pedestrian zoning and CCTV monitoring.
Parking UK & Europe “Question Time” Manny Rasores de Toro email@example.com Tel: 020 8770 3956 Mob: 07973 428918