Car park and street parking fees rise sharply

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.