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City Centre Parking Zones and Hours Extended, Rates Increased

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Proposed extension of parking zone 1

The Reykjavík Planning and Transport Committee has approved a proposal to extend parking fee hours for popular locations in the city centre and will start charging parking fees on Sundays. In addition, parking rates will go up in all tariff zones.

Zone 1 will be extended as the map above shows. The extended parking fee hours for zone will be 9 AM-8 PM on weekdays and 10 AM-8 PM Saturdays. On Sundays, parking fees will be collected from 10 AM-4 PM. Both of these changes exclude Borgartún.

Parking fee rates for zone 1 will go from 340 ISK (EUR 2.47 – USD 2.74) per hour to 400 ISK (EUR 2.91 – USD 3.23) per hour. Zones 2 and 4 will change from 190 ISK (Eur 1.38 – USD 1.53) per hour to 200 ISK (EUR 1.45 – USD 1.61) and zone 3 will go from charging  190 ISK (Eur 1.38 – USD 1.53) per hour for the first two hours and 55 ISK (EUR 0.40 – USD 0.44) per hour after that to simply charging 100 ISK (EUR 0.73 – USD 0.81) per hour.

The People’s Party’s Observer in the Planning and Transport Committee entered in the official minutes that “the proposals were focused on making it harder for car users to drive to the city centre. The result will be immediate, more and more Icelanders, suburban residents, will stop visiting the city centre.”

The Pirate Party, Social Democratic Alliance, and the Reform Party’s counter-entry stated that “the extension of parking fee zones and hours was in accordance with the city’s policy on parking issues. Its intended goals were better traffic control, more economic use of parking, and increased revenue. A reasonable fee collection encourages us of divers modes of transport and reduces use of beautiful city space being used as long-term storage for cars.”

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