Schaerbeek joins Parking.Brussels for modern parking policy
Since January 1st, 2020, the parking management of the Brussels municipality of Schaerbeek has been in the hands of the regional parking agency parking.brussels. The new and modern parking policy and the resulting measures were presented on Thursday by Schaerbeek’s alderman for mobility, Adelheid Byttebier (Groen), and director-general of parking.brussels, Eric Dubois.
Green zones all over
The most crucial measure of the new parking policy is a generalization of the green zone all over Schaerbeek. In 2019, about half of Schaerbeek still consisted of a blue area, in which drivers could park free of charge for two hours with a blue disk. As of this year, all zones will be green, so payments will have to be made.
In the green zones, parking costs 2 euros per hour between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., while residents and businesses with an exemption card park for free. The only exceptions are the red zones, such as the busy shopping streets. There, parking is more expensive, and exemptions are only valid for emergency services.
As a result of the new parking policy, payment at the ticket machines will be fully digital via bank card, text message, or app. Control also becomes digital thanks to the use of scan cars and scan scooters, which means that the parking tickets that are placed behind the window will disappear.
Schaerbeek is the ninth municipality to join parking.brussels. The Regional Parking Agency was set up in 2009 to standardize the Brussels parking policy. Indeed, the region is made up of 19 municipalities, all of which are responsible for their parking policy, and this also means that there are 19 different policy lines.