• Germany edition
 
Pricier parking tickets planned for cities
Photo: DPA

Pricier parking tickets planned for cities

Published: 17 Dec 2012 08:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Dec 2012 08:27 GMT+01:00

The regional daily Saarbrücker Zeitung reported that Germany’s Transport Ministry planned to double the penalty for exceeding a parking time limit by 30 minutes from €5 to €10. Each half hour would add another €5 to the ticket, up to €25 for three hours.

The paper said officials were concerned that tickets for parking infractions were relatively cheap compared to parking fees in big cities.

That encouraged too many German drivers simply to opt to pay a minor fee for parking illegally rather than paying a parking meter.

Likely to be increased in April next year, parking penalties haven't been hiked since 1990.

DAPD/The Local/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

08:53 December 17, 2012 by lucksi
"That encouraged too many German drivers simply to opt to pay a minor fee for parking illegally rather than paying a parking meter."

Heh, yes indeed. I could pay 8 or 10 bucks for a day ticket (or 2€ hourly) or just risk a 5€ fine.

The 5€ 'fine' seems to be from an ancient time.

Let's hope that they don't discover that 35€ for going 20 kph over the limit is also not a deterrent.
11:16 December 17, 2012 by grinners
@ lucksi:

Please refrain from posting further comments.

Kind Regards,

Grinners ;-)
12:45 December 17, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
@ Grinners

Please refrain from asking people to refrain from posting further comments.

Why should lucksi or anybody else refrain from posting their opinions. I for one agree with what Lucksi posted above. I am sure there are others with the same opinion. Are you one of those car drivers who disregard anybody who does not use a car in the city?

Unkind regards,

BFA
13:35 December 17, 2012 by lucksi
Oh yes, I'm prety sure that grinners told me to stop posting because he wants to curtail my god given rights of freedom of speech and not in a "Shut the fark up man, don't give them ideas" kind of way.
16:08 December 17, 2012 by raandy
The new fine structure will do away with the all day parking for 5 euros.

What is really irritating is when you are running out of time for an appointment and then the ticket dispenser does not work, then you run to the next to find the same.

When it was 5 euros , I didn't care.

Lucksi...do you lose any points when your 20 over?
19:44 December 17, 2012 by lucksi
Nope.

See, really big deterrent that is.

Using a phone while driving costs more and gives a point.
09:39 December 18, 2012 by delvek
agreed, it would cost me 5 Eur to park right outside my class or 8 Eur to park 10 minutes away.
18:33 December 18, 2012 by ann_p
Well try to get a parking fine in Denmark.... 100 Euro... straight away!

So 5 or 10 euro.... hmmm...
15:56 December 19, 2012 by truth is treason
Lucksi, No what Grinners is saying is Your Post should be "What increase by 100% are you crazy! How am I going feed my children Now....... " because if you say "Piffle I can pay that easy" then the Fees will go up again and again and again.

I saw in a local news report that now when you are caught parked Illegally you come back to find an orange ticket on your car. So you expect to receive a fine and you know the place and time you were caught. They want to do away with the orange ticket, so the fine arrives and you do not know where, when and what for you have to pay for. You than have to contact the department etc. If i break the law I want to where when and why at the time. In London I have had many tickets on my car that have been given illegally. The warden thinks because I have a foreign car I will Pay up. I have had a 80% success rate it getting them revoked. The last one I Paid because it was given on Christmas day and I presumed that it was free parking on a Holiday.
Today's headlines
UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn
Photo: DPA

UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled towards a close in Bonn on Saturday with just 14 months left to finalise a new, global pact. READ  

Berlin slams Italy Nazi claims court ruling
Italy's National Partisans' Association welcomed the court decision. Photo: DPA

Berlin slams Italy Nazi claims court ruling

Italy's constitutional court has ruled that victims of Nazi-era war crimes can sue Germany in Italian courts, rejecting a UN ruling and provoking a strong reaction from Berlin on Friday. READ  

Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall
Photo: Paul Sullivan

Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall

Two expats who walked the Mauerweg - the 160-kilometre trail that runs the length of the former Berlin Wall - have written a book about forgotten aspects of its past and present. READ  

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat
Photo: DPA

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat

Germany's biggest department store chain Karstadt will close at least six stores, putting around 2,000 jobs at risk, in a drastic bid by its new boss to return it to profit. READ  

Quiz
How well do you know Germany?
Photos: DPA/Shutterstock

How well do you know Germany?

Do you know your Saxony facts from your Saxony-Anhalt ones? Test your knowledge of Germany's federal states in The Local's quiz. READ  

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal
Pollution from a coal-fired power station in Frimmersdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal

The UN's climate chief hailed a European agreement in Bonn on greenhouse gases on Friday as providing "valuable momentum" for a world pact to be inked in Paris next year. READ  

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth
Photo: DPA

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth

Germany will get an early Christmas present of around €779 million from the EU, thanks to weaker than expected GDP growth. READ  

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told
Photo: DPA

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told

It will take several days to find out what caused a massive explosion on Thursday which rocked a town on the Rhine, killing a builder and injuring 26 others. READ  

German helicopter fleet 'not fit for Nato'
An NH90 helicopter. Photo: DPA

German helicopter fleet 'not fit for Nato'

Germany's fleet of NH90 helicopters is undergoing engineering checks after one of them suffered a serious engine failure, in the latest blow to the country's military capabilities. READ  

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m
Rainer Schwarz at a court hearing in September into the case. Photo: DPA

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m

The man who was blamed for Berlin's miserable attempt to build a new airport must be paid more than €1 million - after being fired. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Politics
Satirist lives the dream on EU gravy train
Photo: DPA
Gallery
PHOTOS: Huge explosion rocks Ludwigshafen
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
Which high school cliche is your German city?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Storm hits southern Germany
Sponsored Article
An international school unlike any other : School on the Rhine
Photo: Fitzpatrick family
Society
'We still don't know what happened to Matthew'
Photo: Mariana Schroeder
Munich
Special Report: Hope and chaos at Munich's refugee shelters
Photo: DPA
Culture
Can you top our history quiz leaderboard?
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,497
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd