Parking in the Netherlands

There is a severe lack of parking space in most big cities in the Netherlands. In an effort to reduce congestion, many cities have a park and ride scheme (P+R-locaties). The driver parks at an organised, out of town location and then finishes the journey on public transport to the city centre.


P-Zone: In almost all urban districts, parking is not free. In metered parking areas (marked by a P zone sign), parking tickets are available from the central meter machine (usually grey or yellow) at the side of the road. The ticket must be displayed in the front window. Failing to display a ticket may lead to a huge fine. In case you park your car in a place where it is not allowed to be parked, the police might tow the car away. The costs can run into hundreds of Euros, and it is a time-consuming project to get the car back. Meter machines on the street vary in terms of method of payment allowed (in large urban areas, most have English-language directions). In most cases, a bank pin/chip card or credit card will work.


Blue Zone: A time-stamped parking disc - displayed on the dashboard - is needed to park in urban blue zone areas. These discs are available at motor club offices, tobacco shops, and police stations. Parking is also available in large, multi-storey, or underground parking garages. Payment may be in cash or by pin/chip cards. In more residential areas, permits for residents are available.


Parking garage: In the city centre of most cities, there are a lot of garages to park your car. An advantage of parking in a garage is that there's video surveillance, so you don't leave your car unattended. When you drive into the garage, you will receive a ticket. When you leave, you register your ticket at the cash machine, pay and use that ticket to leave the garage.





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