Stockholm city introduce high parking fees for PTWs
Stockholm City introduces one of the world's highest parking fees for motorcycles and mopeds without investigation or impact assessment. Even though Stockholm City has concluded that motorcycles and mopeds are small vehicles that reduce congestion and a b
The number of motorcycles and mopeds has doubled in Stockholm County in the last 15 years. About 60,000 citizens in the Stockholm region use these vehicles. The motorcyclists in Stockholm use motorcycles to commute more than anywhere else in Sweden.The increased numbers of PTWs has not led to congestion, deterioration of the environment, costly infrastructure initiatives and investments in multi storey car park buildings.
The town was first in the world to open bus lanes to motorcycles. The town has, like major cities in the rest of the world offered free parking for PTWs in hundreds of shared spaces.
The purpose for Stockholm to introduce parking charges for motorcycles and mopeds was paradoxically enough to reduce car traffic and increase available car parking by 15 percent. It wanted to reduce the search traffic when motorists drive around in cars looking for free parking space, which leads to stress, increased congestion and poorer environment.
The decision has been appealed to the Highest court without success for motorcyclists in Stockholm. The city is now determined to introduce the parking fees in April-May 2018 with a cost of € 0,5-1 per hour in the different zones. People who live in Stockholm can apply for a parking permission for their PTWs but they are not allowed to use them in the dedicated parking spaces where motorcycles and mopeds share space.
chairman of SMC Stockholm
Olle Henriksson, chairman of SMC Stockholm expressed his disappointment at the decision to change policy:
"SMC's proposal is to promote motorcycling and moped use so that more people choose the the benefit of small and smart vehicles.”