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Vienna teaches illegal parking a lesson: 365 euro fine if public transport is blocked

2024-02-12T05:24:48.561Z

Highlights: Vienna teaches illegal parking a lesson: 365 euro fine if public transport is blocked. At 365 euros, it costs as much as an annual ticket for Vienna's public transport. More than 1,000 blockages caused by illegal parking on public transport in Vienna - the city will in future charge a fine of 365 euros. The message also found its way to a Reddit forum in which particularly brazen illegal parking cases are discussed - and received some applause there. For example, one person writes: “I want it in Munich too!!!”



As of: February 12, 2024, 6:21 a.m

By: Sandra Sporer

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Just like here in Berlin, parked cars in Vienna repeatedly blocked public transport.

That's why there is now a higher fine.

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In Vienna, a parked car blocked public transport once too often.

The city is now taking action and demanding the price of an annual ticket as a penalty.

Vienna – The lack of parking spaces is a constant problem, especially in cities.

Especially since large cars such as SUVs sometimes barely fit in regular parking spaces.

Paris has therefore decided on a measure that should at least drive XL cars out of the city center: higher parking fees.

The sometimes rare parking spaces also encourage people to park illegally.

Instead of doing another lap around the block, you simply park in a second row or even on the sidewalk.

In Vienna there is also the acute problem that parked cars repeatedly prevent buses and trams from continuing their journey.

The city and the transport company have therefore declared war on this behavior with a three-stage plan.

The significant increase in the fine is the third and final stage of the catalog of measures.

More than 1,000 blockages caused by illegal parking on public transport in Vienna - the city will in future charge a fine of 365 euros

“In addition to raising awareness of the issue, we have structurally defused many illegal parking hotspots and now we are taking the next step by significantly increasing the penalties for those who do not understand,” explains Transport City Councilor Ulli Sima in a message on the website of the Wiener Linien transport company.

The figures from 2022 mentioned in the report show how common the blockades were by illegal parking.

The trams were blocked 1,535 times during the year.

Buses were affected 787 times.

So more than once a day there were disruptions and thus disruptions to the schedule that sometimes lasted for hours.

That's why the increased fine came into force at the end of last year.

At 365 euros, it costs as much as an annual ticket for Vienna's public transport.

“But for me it’s not about maximum penalties, it’s about ensuring that public transport can travel unhindered,” says City Councilor Sima.

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High fines for illegal parking in Vienna are very popular online

The message also found its way to a Reddit forum in which particularly brazen illegal parking cases are discussed - and received some applause there.

For example, one user wrote: “Then there are the towing costs.

This finally really hurts and should be the benchmark for all parking offenses in which other road users are blocked.”

Another comment suggests an even harsher punishment: “It would actually be even better to force the perpetrator to buy an annual ticket.

And ideally a driving ban of exactly one year. 

That

 would have a serious teaching effect.” The current measure would be enough for many non-Austrians in their own cities.

For example, one person writes: “I want it in Munich too!!!” (

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Source: merkur

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