Parking permits for residents will probably soon become considerably more expensive in Frankfurt.

Currently, such a preferential parking permit costs 50 euros for two years, i.e. 25 euros per year.

According to the four parties represented in the Roman coalition – Greens, SPD, FDP and Volt – this is not enough.

This amount corresponds "in no way" to the economic value of a parking space, says the traffic policy spokeswoman for the Greens in Römer, Katharina Knacker.

Head of the mobility department Stefan Majer (Die Grünen) has sent the four parliamentary groups a proposal for a new regulation of parking fees as a whole - from resident parking to commercial parking to the parking of car-sharing vehicles.

According to reports, one of the things under discussion is an increase in the price of resident parking permits to up to 120 euros a year.

According to the information provided by the parliamentary groups, nothing has been decided yet.

The discussions are just beginning, they say.

In the end, there must be "a coherent overall package" with socially acceptable charges, says the SPD's transport spokeswoman, Kristina Luxen.

But the direction is clear: parking cannot remain as cheap as it has been up to now.

Parallel to the increase in the price of parking for residents, further resident parking zones are to be set up, such as recently in the Holzhausenviertel, in Bornheim, in the Nordend and in the Westend.

Free parking will no longer be available in the foreseeable future.

Sustainable use of road space

Green city councilor Knacker hopes that the increase in parking fees will have a guiding effect.

In many inner-city residential areas there is simply not enough space for cars.

She demands that there must be greater awareness of the value of public space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Martin Huber (Volt) sees higher parking fees as an opportunity to increase the city's income and use the money raised in this way to make local public transport more attractive, for example.

Since the beginning of the year, following a change in the law at federal level, local authorities no longer have to comply with an upper limit on the price of resident parking permits.

Previously, such documents could cost a maximum of 30.70 euros per year.

In the opinion of the Hessian Transport Minister Tarek Al-Wazir (Die Grünen), this no longer meets the requirements for sustainable use of road space, particularly in urban areas.

Cities and municipalities would now have the opportunity to take local peculiarities such as extremely high parking pressure or the special living situation in a district into account appropriately.

The size of a vehicle could also be a measure of parking costs in the future, explains Al-Wazir.

"Anyone who needs more floor space than others could then have to pay more accordingly."

In Tübingen, SUV drivers have had to pay 180 euros a year for a parking space since the beginning of the year.

Drivers of other cars will be asked to pay 120 euros.

The mayor of the university town, Boris Palmer (Die Grünen), had originally even asked for an annual fee of 360 euros for off-road vehicles and heavy electric vehicles, but did not find a majority in the municipal council.

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