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Schaerbeek residents to get free parking tickets for visitors

17:30 18/01/2021

You know what it’s like: You have a permit to park in your neighbourhood for free, but your friends and family don’t. And once Covid-19 is a thing of the past, they might want to visit you again.

Make it even more worth their while with a free parking ticket. Schaerbeek city council plans to hand out 10 to every resident of the municipality.

Last year, all of Schaerbeek became a paid parking zone. While residents of the municipality can get a parking permit, people who are visiting them cannot. The municipality did offer guest parking tickets that could be used as long as needed between the hours of 9.00 and 21.00. But they cost €5 a pop.

Residents were angry that the blue zone – where the blue card could be used for a few hours of free parking – had been abolished in favour of the paid green zone. The city council is now making a one-time gesture of 10 free tickets, said mobility city councillor Adelheid Byttebier. It will buy the tickets itself from regional agency, at a cost of €150,000.

When the visitor parking tickets will be delivered to residents is not yet known. Technical considerations for the delivery and use of tickets, which will be digital, is being discussed next month.

The city council will also make parking in the green zone – which covers most of the municipality – paid only until 18.00 on Saturdays. Currently it is the same as Monday through Friday, which is paid parking between the hours of 9.00 and 21.00. Parking on Sunday is free in the green zone.

Photo ©Eric Lalmand/BELGA

Written by Lisa Bradshaw