Lisbon looking to improve parking for residents

in World · 02-08-2019 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

Lisbon City Council has approved the General Regulation of Parking and Stopping on the Public Road, which provides for the creation of two new tariff zones and the offer of parking permits for residents, for submission to public consultation.

The document was approved with the PS, BE and PSD votes for and the PCP and CDS-PP votes against. According to Mobility Councilman Miguel Gaspar (PS), the new regulation aims above all to “improve the availability of public parking for residents”.

The regulation provides for a free resident´s badge of the Lisbon Municipal Mobility and Parking Company – EMEL. Large families with three or more children, where the youngest is up to 2 years old, “will be able to request a parking space at the door of the house.”

EMEL will also create two new tariffs, which will cost two Euros and three Euros per hour, respectively up to a maximum of two hours.

Although these zones are not yet defined, Miguel Gaspar said that they will be implemented on the central axis, namely Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo and Avenida da Liberdade.

There are currently three tariffs, the green cost 80 cents per hour, the yellow cost €1.20 and the red €1.60 per hour. Amendments to the new regulation will benefit Lisbon residents who “have no cars”, making it possible to park shared mobility vehicles near their home, in places intended for residents.

The Lisbon City Council also aims to simplify citizens’ access to the historic district to “provide support to a sometimes ageing population” or to visit and supervise evenings and weekends, “pushing other users towards underground car parks.

With regard to scooters “real-time data sharing in the city of Lisbon will be explicitly foreseen” and “mechanisms will be set up for the City Council to charge for improper scooter parking”. For his part, the elected PSD João Pedro Costa announced that he will submit a proposal, which he had already submitted before and was unsuccessful at the time, for “EMEL to inform by SMS the owners of motor vehicles that they have exceeded the paid parking time and / or are in breach at least 15 minutes before wheel clamping and 20 minutes before towing”.

PCP Councilwoman Ana Jara highlighted some positive points of the proposal, however, affirming that the boundaries of the Limited Time Parking Zones should be deliberated at a council meeting and not decided by the company. The mayor also criticised that EMEL “is inefficient at building car parks”. Some of these measures will be implemented later this year and others only in the first half of next year.


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