While so far not avoiding payment for parking in paid areas cost motorists the sum of 17 euros, since 1 January 2018, this fine has become obsolete. Indeed, the municipalities can now set a free penalty rate, which was not possible until now, because all the municipalities of France were subject to the single fine of 17 euros.
The fine is no longer. Today, we’re talking about FPS, understand Post Parking Package. This is a parking fee for non-payment of on-street parking, the amount of which depends on the prices set by each municipality. In Gironde, it ranges from 15 to 35 degrees and must be paid within 90 days of the offence. In reality, the major difference is that it is a decentralization and decriminalization of paid parking. The decriminalization of parking was introduced by the MAPTAM (Modernization of Territorial Public Action and Metropolis Affirmation) Act. It aims to eliminate electronic verbalisations and PVs outside the blue zones, and already affects 800 municipalities in France.
Fluidity and time optimization for municipalities.
The communities have signed an agreement with ANTAI (National Automated Processing Agency) that notifies each of them of all payment notices for vehicles that have not paid for their parking. ANTAI has implemented a vehicle registration recognition system so that it can send the notice directly to the owner, which avoids lengthy processes of notification and PV. For communities, this is a revolution, a considerable time saver at first glance, because in France, almost two thirds of drivers do not pay for their parking. The implementation thus makes it possible to increase the frequency of controls thanks to the automatic system. However, for people who work in Bordeaux, and who drive to the office, parking is a real problem, especially around their workplace. If they do not have the “resident” badge of the city, they are obliged to go to their parking area fairly regularly, in order to renew their parking so as not to be punished. A long-term problem that wastes work time and ends up coming back expensive.
Introducing the SPF has other advantages in the long run for cities, but also for all road users, such as optimising available parking, but also reducing fraud with higher fixed prices (35 euros in Bordeaux) in order to also promote the use of public transport to smooth road traffic and limit traffic jams, by making a gesture against pollution. In addition, to encourage municipalities to sign with ANTAI, SPF revenues are donated to them as part of the sustainable development policies put in place.
The arrival of the SPF requires communities to take into account several factors such as the setting of variable rates, to know how the levy will be issued, but also to make changes to the accommodations, such as time stamps, and also to think about the organization of the management of challenges, within the framework of the RAPO (Compulsory Administrative Pre-Recourse).
Decriminalization… with exceptions.
In an FPS challenge, the motorist may refer the offence to the community in which the offence was committed within one month. He must have paid the fine within 3 months of notification or the challenge is not possible. If the RAPO is refused, it can then refer the matter to the Paying Parking Litigation Commission (CPSC). On the other hand, if the request is found to be abusive, the user may end up with a fine of up to 2000 euros. A way to process legitimate requests more quickly.
As far as prohibited and dangerous parking, or reserved spaces, are always criminal.
For example, parking in a parking lot reserved for people with disabilities always results in the notification of a PV of 135 euros.
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