By John Smith • 29 December 2020 • 13:16
Special cars will tour the streets
Credit: Grupo Imesapi
AFTER extending the lower speed limit to most of Palma, the City Council is now planning to introduce parking fees in areas where parking was generally free of charge.
There will be three new ORA areas established later in 2021 (pushed back from the start of the year due to the pandemic) and although no new staff will be employed, the introduction of these new zones are likely to cost €3 million.
Simply, every one of the 400 existing and new ticket machines will have to be adapted so that they can communicate with 10 cars which will patrol the areas reading number plates via infra-red.
In addition, the Council intends to purchase 14 electric bikes so that employees can also patrol the streets to check parking payment has been made and to issue fines where necessary.
It is reported that that costs and time limits will vary and it is planned that the three zones and their charges will be;
Zone 1 runs from the Avingudes towards the port up to the beginning of the Areas of Restricted Circulation, or Acire in the old town and costs 85 cents for 30 minutes with a two-hour limit.
Zone 2 runs from the Avingudes towards the outskirts of the city and costs 65 cents for 30 minutes with a two-hour limit.
Zone 3 is Mercat Pere Garau and will cost 35 cents for 30 minutes with a three-hour limit.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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