The Mayor of Paris wishes to entrust the management of the 140. 000 spaces of paid parking in surface to “external service providers” within a year. Only 9% of Parisians pay parking meters, which is 300 million euros per year in lost revenue.
Anne Hidalgo wants to strike a blow against “fraud” in the parking lot. The some 140,000 places of paid parking in surface in Paris will be entrusted to the managers of a private from the 1st January 2018, announced the mayor of Paris, in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD). This reform, which was to study for several months, should enable the City to ensure a better recovery of parking fees: according to Anne Hidalgo, 91% of motorists “don’t put money in the parking meter”, which is a shortfall of 300 million euros”.
The service providers, who will manage the parking meters will aim “to advance the rate of compliance with parking rotating, that is to say, do better than the pitiful 9% today,” says the mayor, particularly through modernization “[d]es control practices, using digital means automated”.
“It is the City of Paris which will set the parking rates”
“The City will retain full control of its parking policy: it is she who will fix the rates,” and “who will benefit from the revenue of the parking lot”, yet detailed Anne Hidalgo. In a communiqué published Sunday, the town hall has assured that “the price of two hours parking is currently authorized will remain unchanged”. “It will retain direct management control of the parking annoying”, she also said.
This measure will allow Paris to recover in the bosom of the city around 1600 ASP (security Officers) in Paris today responsible for the control of parking. They will be “assigned to the missions priority: the fight against antisocial behaviour, pollution, monitoring of municipal buildings, control our policies, travel and inconvenient parking,” said Anne Hidalgo.
A reform all the more urgent that Anne Hidalgo reiterates its desire to reduce the number of parking spaces in the streets of Paris, “particularly on the major routes”. “There are too many vehicles in double file, who are manoeuvring for parking and create slowdowns”, is critical of the mayor. It also responds to the controversy that has surrounded the decision of the city council of piétonniser the road on the riverbank: “the public health and the protection of our planet are not up for negotiation [...] it is essential to change our behaviour, in particular vis-à-vis the automobile.”
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in order For the reform to be implemented from 1 January 2018, the Council of Paris will give its opinion on the issue “as early as mid-November,” said Anne Hidalgo, and the tender will result “in the second half of 2017″.
The market will be divided into three batches, geographic”, each representing a little less than 50,000 parking spaces charges apply. The first batch will comprise the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 20th arrondissements. The second, the 7th, 14th, 15th and 16th. And the last one the 8th, 9th, 10th, 17th, 18th, and 19th. “A single manager may not win more than two lots,” warns the mayor, in order to avoid “any situation of monopoly to the scale of the capital”.
The City will also ask the providers to “use a common tool of management” to ensure that all users are treated the same way.