The Tallinn City Government plans to rise both hourly and monthly parking rates from 2016.
According to the proposal, parking fees in the city center will go up by a quarter, from 1.2 euros to 1.5 euros per hour. The Old Town area (see the map below) will see an equal rise, from 4.8 to 6 euros. Those parking in the heart of the city, the so-called “Downtown” zones bordering the Old Town, will be hit the hardest, having to start paying 4.8 euros, which is 60 percent more than the current 3-euro rate.
Monthly parking permits will also undergo a price hike, a first since the end of 2007. One month of parking in the city center will cost 150 euros next year (127.82 now). Those parking in the downtown area will have to pay 250 and Old Town residents 300 euros, instead of 223.69 and 287.60 euros respectively.
The city center zones have 4,800, the Old Town 700 and the downtown 614 parking spaces.
The city hopes to gain 805,000 euros from the hike, assuming that the take-up of parking spaces remains on this year's level. The money will be allocated to improve parking arrangements in the fee-paying areas.
If the city council approves the bill, the new prices will become effective on January 1, 2016.
Tallinn parking zones. Green marks the Old Town, red Downtown, and blue City Center zones (Map: Tallinn.ee).
Editor: M. Oll