Parking and parking systems in towns

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The increase in numbers of motor vehicles in urban areas is making city traffic more and more complicated, particularly when trying to find available parking places in town and city centres.

The parking scheme in each town is individual and every town deals with this problem itself by issuing by-laws or regulations. If you plan on visiting a larger town or city, where you can expect problems with parking, please find out in advance which scheme has been implemented. You can usually find information on the town’s official website or in the town itself at the tourist information centre. If you do not make use of this option be sure to read the information signs, which will inform you if it is possible to park in a specific place, potentially how long you can park for etc. If you do not follow these instructions you may find that your car has been towed away, or that you have to pay a large fine for prohibited parking.

Always deal with situations when your vehicle has been towed away by contacting the local police. The moment you find that your vehicle is not where you left it call the state police by dialling 158, or the municipal police by dialling 156, where you will be informed whether your car is registered as being towed or not.

Restricted parking, particularly in town centres, usually applies in larger towns. Drivers are required to park in reserved car parks only, for a fee. These are most frequently equipped with parking ticket machines. Some towns have even implemented parking systems using sms messages for payment.

Parking scheme in the Capital City

The City probably has the most elaborate parking system in the Czech Republic. In short you could say that Prague has considered the city’s residents, as well as visitors and commuters, in relation to parking.
P+R Parking
Prague is the only city to use P+ R (Park & Ride) type car parks, which are established on the edges of the city right next to municipal public transport stations. One day of parking here costs 10 crowns.
Paid parking zones
The Capital City has implemented a restricted parking system in some parts of Prague, known as paid parking zones. Areas intended expressly for residents and parking for other visitors are strictly defined. Parking zones are identified by a coloured line on an additional panel below a traffic sign identifying a parking area.
At present parking zones apply to Prague 1, 2, 3 and 7.
  • Blue zones
Blue zones are identified by the colour blue, both on the additional panel and also as road markings, which mark out the precise areas to which this zone applies. Only drivers with a special parking permit card, which authorises them to use this parking area, may park in a blue zone. The parking permit is issued by the relevant city district department. This zone is intended for residential parking.
  • Green zones
Green zone are intended for medium-term parking, with a restricted maximum parking period of 6 hours. Payment is by inserting coins in a parking meter, which issues a parking ticket for the amount inserted. The minimum charging period is 30 minutes. Place the parking ticket inside the vehicle windscreen.
  • Orange zones
Orange zone is reserved for short-term parking, for a maximum of 2 hours. Parking tickets are also available at parking meters here. The minimum charging period is 15 minutes.
Author: Ivana Jenerálová
Added: 29.08.2010

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