Corona virus: cities waive parking fees

Free parking should be an incentive for people to travel less by bus and train in order to reduce the risk of infection. Larger cities like Karlsruhe and Stuttgart are still hesitant about the topic, like a survey by the dpa revealed.

Waiblingen im Rems-Murr-Kreis has waived parking fees since March 23, 2020. Until April 19, according to a spokeswoman, no fees should be charged in underground garages and parking lots. Daily prices in car parks in Ulm have been reduced. For a few days now, motorists have been paying a maximum of 5.40 euros per day.

The city of Freiburg provides clinic staff and youth welfare office staff who work for vulnerable children free of charge. But you must be able to identify yourself. The city is advising other professions that could use this offer, as announced by a spokeswoman. The transport companies have also set up a free shuttle service to the workplace or from the clinic home for employees from the clinics there.

In Stuttgart, the CDU parliamentary group brought an inquiry to the municipal council, in which a stop in parking fees is discussed. According to a spokeswoman for the city of Stuttgart, no result is yet available. Free parking has not yet been an issue in Karlsruhe, as Dietmar Schaber from the civil engineering office said. Free parking is not provided in Heidelberg either. “As long as local public transport is maintained, we see no reason to do so. The alternative to cycling also continues, ”said a spokeswoman for the city of Heidelberg. Other cities also refer to bicycles that help restrict local public transport to slow the spread of the corona virus.