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Car park and street parking fees rise sharply

Friday 09 March 2012

City and shopping centre parking fees have gone up so much they are driving shoppers away, according to the retail sector's annual survey of parking charges.

In some cases, hourly charges have gone up 50% since 2009, Detailhandel Nederland says. The organisation visited 75 garages in 24 cities and compared on-street parking charges.

The biggest car park rise - 50% - was booked by the Torenlaan car park in Assen. In Nijmegen, the cost of parking on the street has risen from €1.70 an hour at the end of 2010 to €3.35, the organisation said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

So what if it drives cars away (:d = that is a gain for The Netherlands) I speak fm the UK where cars ruin our beautiful landscape, towns and cities -- not 2 mention our health

It will not drive shoppers away; people need to shop (+ Holland, I really love your cargo bikes and am thinking of getting 1).

By Hilary | 9 March 2012 11:11 AM

That is a logical approach to keeping cars out of cities, isn't it? No one wants parking fines, so why not take advantage of the excellent openbaar vervoer system? There are options for train, tram, bus, metro - and of course the famous fiets.

By Carrie In Holland | 9 March 2012 4:30 PM

It is a free market economy and I think people will find their way around the greedy idiot owners of the car parks.

By George | 9 March 2012 7:16 PM

Shopping online delivery charges are cheaper (many sites also offer free shipping) than parking fees and without the hassle of even trying to find a parking spot.

By AW | 9 March 2012 7:54 PM

Since Jan 1st Almere Buiten, they introduced paid parking at our AH plus the big parking lot where intersport, mcdonalds, our garden store, praxus and gamma is. AH is dead quiet, intersport has already shut down, and I wouldn't be surprised if the other stores are headed that way. I know that we plan our trips to this shopping center vs. stopping by to pick up cat food or kitty litter on the way home from work.

By Petra Ann | 12 March 2012 12:32 PM

@Hillary: try carrying a log of shopping in your bike lol. Or something for IKEA>

I HATE public transportation and wish it were actually phased out, but that is not going to happen, so I just drive to malls outside cities.

By JNW | 12 March 2012 1:25 PM

@All: You can get many goods delivered, and the amount of shipping you pay on a monthly basis is far lower than a car payment, insurance, tax, and parking would be. Please don't phase out public transit, not unless you want Holland to resemble Phoenix Arizona, Houston Texas, or Detroit Michigan.

By Kevin | 12 March 2012 3:36 PM

Okay, hating to USE public transport, fine. Your choice. But to hate it period and wish it were phased out so NOBODY has a choice?

How does it affect your life negatively if you don't use it, and why would you want to impose your views on people who can't drive? What are they supposed to do?

I just don't understand. It just sounds so egotistical: my way is the best way so everybody should be like me; and if they can't, they should suffer.

By CW | 12 March 2012 4:58 PM

Well the net result will be to drive the shoppers away, this will mean more shop closures and empty premises and lower council tax revenues of millions, is it worth this? It's a fine balance so be careful not to destroy jobs in city centres by greed over parking fees!

By Andy T | 12 March 2012 5:49 PM

Parking fees are way too high. To visit friends in Amsterdam for a day will cost me €40 or more. Forget about staying overnight or a weekend. And no way in hell I'll leave my car at some transfer point in Zuidoost! And public transport is not an option, that would add hours to the journey each way.

By victor | 30 March 2012 9:03 AM

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