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Councils do well out of parking fees

Tuesday 06 November 2012

Councils are doing very nicely out of parking fees, with an increase of 38% in car park charges over the past five years compared with a 20.3% rise in total income, according to figures from the home affairs ministry.

In 2007, parking fees added €445m to councils' income. That has now risen to €614m, RTL news reports, quoting the figures.

However, parking fees are not the most important source of income for councils. Property tax (ozb), which rose slightly more than inflation, accounts for €3.2bn and water charges, which also rose just above inflation, bring in €1.4bn.

Parking in the Netherlands is relatively expensive, with Amsterdam among the most expensive cities in the world.

Is parking too expensive? Have your say in the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

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By pepe | 6 November 2012 10:30 AM

While parking isn't expensive in Almere Buiten, it's clear from the amount of cars I see and how many empty buildings there are compared to last year, that the paid parking they introduced (before they were supposed to no less) is too much for shoppers.

By PetraAnn | 6 November 2012 11:29 AM

it is insanely expensive, this is why we made parkshark.nl to find cheaper parking in Amsterdam

By Jonathan Carter | 6 November 2012 11:39 AM

It's ridiculous that I have to pay to park even to go to my pharmacy, doctor, and grocery shopping when other municipalities have a the blue line or 2 hour free parking.

By M | 6 November 2012 1:03 PM

As long as it is full, it cannot be too expensive. When it starts being half-full because of the parking fee, you may say it is too expensive. And it is full and expensive because there is still so many folks that MUST park their cars just in front of their apartaments in the center of a big city.

By rapid | 6 November 2012 2:25 PM

it is expensive but what is most irritating is that all parking (locally here anyway) is pay BEFORE you use it. To be sure you don't get a ticket, you always end up paying for longer than you might actually need/use. There was one carpark in Nijmegen centre where you could pay when you left and although it was more expensive, it was in a very handy location and I felt at least I got my money's worth. Not any more, it's now got the same "pay before you use" meters as allover the city! Councils are money mad!

By Mazza B | 6 November 2012 2:29 PM

My cat thinks parking here in the Netherlands is a scam. 5 euros an hour? and you can only pay by hour in some places.

By Fatality | 6 November 2012 3:09 PM

Not at all, if they can continue to overcharge, then they are nothing more than legally abiding criminals..

By The visitor | 6 November 2012 5:56 PM

I am so glad its becoming expensive. I only hope it becomes more and more expensive so people will stop using their personal cars in the city centers. When most cars become electric I will have less of a problem with it, but for now cars cause too much pollution.

By B | 7 November 2012 8:12 AM

I can understand huge fees in the overcrowded city center; but in many of the other stadsdales, prices are far too high, and there are streets of empty parking spaces. That doesn't make profit or sense.

By Mark Holden | 7 November 2012 9:14 AM

@B: be careful for what you wish for. Expensive parking has the unintended consequence of driving economic activity out of these areas to the outskirts of cities or nearby towns where companies and shops can offer free parking for their employees/costumers.

By Andre L. | 7 November 2012 9:26 AM

With the increasing popularity of online shopping and more business being worked on the internet, the greed of the municipal authorities will soon become their downfall. Their investment in purpose-built parking garages, parking meters and parking wardens will clearly be a waste of public money also resulting in lost revenue to local shopkeepers and yet more unemployment.

By Terence | 7 November 2012 10:33 AM

@Andre L. Only if you subsidize their land use by building, for free, the infrastructure needed to support all of that parking, and that's not including the management and zoning of it all. Let alone the massive highway subsidies one would need to build off ramps, etc.

By Kevin | 7 November 2012 11:38 AM

In Nijmegen (7km from the border and heavily dependent on German visitors in the city centre) they managed to screw it up so badly that it was only possible to pay with a Dutch bank card, or you had to go to an office and buy a card, and yo got a ticket while waiting to buy the card.
To make it easier for our neighbours all signs were only in Dutch.
Over the border parking is free and prices are lower

By nd | 7 November 2012 2:35 PM

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