Monaco and its coveted car parks

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Car parks and parking spaces have long been a hot topic of discussion in Monaco. Waiting lists are long and some residents have to wait years to finally get one of the coveted spots. At the same time, the Prince’s Government encourages the use of public transport and other means of transport that respect the environment.

In Monaco, there are 17,000 public parking spaces, but with the increase in demand for spaces from residents, the authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to meet everyone’s needs. Indeed, the Public Parkings Office currently has 6,000 requests from residents on its waiting list.

“Every month, I write to the parking department to inquire about my request and they tell me that they are currently processing requests for 2016”, explains Corinne, a 60-year-old resident who desperately needs a place to park her. . auto. “I managed to get a card that I top up as I go, but the daily parking fee is costing me so much money with the current parking rates.”

Parking somewhere for several days is still very delicate in Monaco and it is practically illegal in France

More than 6,000 requests put on the waiting list

“I think Monaco Car Parks or the town hall should make sure that each apartment has at least one parking space, if they are in a building that does not have a garage or private parking”, explains Riccardo , 40 years. -olders with heart failure. “I am in no way a priority because of my health problems”, explains the local who always tries to obtain his own parking space. For now, he has decided to rent a box in France, more than four kilometers from his home, as well as to sell one of his three cars. “Parking somewhere for several days is still very tricky in Monaco and it’s practically illegal in France… my car was impounded after I parked it just a few days in a parking lot in Cap d’Ail.

It is important to find the balance between equity and the public interest

The issue of cars left in public parking lots for long periods of time

In Monaco, some vehicles are parked for long periods and others cannot use these spaces. The Principality is currently trying to solve the problem of vehicles, whose owners seem to have permanently “reserved” a few parking spaces. At present, almost 400 vehicles fall into this category.

Earlier this year, the Prince’s Government wanted to make this case an offense punishable by a fine of 60 euros, but finally decided that such a measure would not be applied. “I hope that a constructive dialogue can be established”, declares Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Equipment, Environment and Town Planning, explaining her desire to reassess the measure. “It is important to find the balance between equity and the general interest.

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Use your car, but no more than 15 times!

In Monaco, people who do not use their car more than 15 times a month benefit from a reduction of 10 euros on their monthly bill. However, with reward programs and sanctions being used at the same time, sometimes drivers got a bit lost and took to social media with their reviews. “I saw these comments and received letters from drivers expressing their incomprehension,” says Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, before recalling that “using your car all the time cannot be the only option for getting around: government policies continue to strongly favor the use of public transport and promote soft mobility, in particular walking, which is facilitated by a large network of mechanical installations and the development of the Monabike bicycle service.

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“Living in Monaco without a car is very easy, but in my opinion it is essential to have one for shopping, going to appointments outside the Principality, as well as for any other emergency”, explains a man from 49 years. elderly resident, who has a gasoline-powered car and is patiently waiting for her own parking space. She has been on the waiting list as an employee in Monaco for seven years, and for three years as a resident. “I thought that the government’s desire to make people pay more for a place, if they did not use their vehicle at least once a month, was very fair, but after negative responses from certain selfish people, the measure no has never been introduced, which is a great shame.

Some residents, like Gianfranco, are investing in hybrid vehicles, which are more respectful of the environment. “I asked the Monaco Public Parkings if it was possible for me to have a place, because I could not charge my electric car at home and the other charging points were far from my home. Grianfranco had no other choice but to fill his car with gasoline: “it’s a shame that the Principality supports eco-responsible initiatives, but the inhabitants of here cannot always take advantage of them.

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