Zurich parking revenues climb after rule change
Zurich bean counters are rubbing their hands in glee after a change in parking rules means the city has an extra CHF 3m.
Last year authorities dropped a 10 minute grace period after the meter expired. In the past, and a practice drivers had come to take for granted, parking wardens would wait for 10 minutes before issuing a ticket – now a fine is issued as soon as the meter goes red.
It’s the same practice in the neighbouring cantons of Bern and Sankt Gallen.
But the amounts seems to have taken everyone by surprise. Although parking fees have gone up for the first time in 23 years – a move agreed by voters – the ditching of the 10 minute rule has pushed up revenue even further.