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Traders up in arms about Béziers parking prices

France 3/Scoop, Jan 15

Traders in Béziers are up in arms about the price of parking in the city centre, saying that it is scaring the customers away. Two euros an hour is a scandal, they say.

A city parking reform started a year ago across France, resulting in higher prices, higher fines, and more monitoring. The result in Béziers has been a drop in turnover, claim the traders.

Previously, parking spaces were free from 5pm, but this is not the case today. The first half an hour is free after 5pm, and also between 12:30 and 2pm it is free.

Last November, the Mayor of Béziers, Robert Ménard asked the traders to make concrete proposals, and today the traders can decide on one of the following proposals - namely, either:

Free from 6pm
Free admission to the square on July 14 for 3 hours
3 hours offered if a purchase is made in the centre

Traders have until the end of Tuesday, but on Monday less than 10% had given their opinion.

The proposal which receives the majority of votes will be implemented as of March 1st.

Last year, parking meters and subscriptions allowed the city to make 984,800 euros of revenue, according to France Bleu Hérault.

The receipts from parking meters amounted in 2018 to more than 804,000 euros, against 705,000 euros in 2016, an increase of 13.95%.
The number of minutes passed from 22,684 in 2016 to 25,355 in 2018, an increase of 11.77%.

In Béziers, the fine for not having a parking ticket is set at 30 euros in a yellow zone, 20 euros in a green zone.

The city receives the full amount, but in 2018, only half of the fines were settled by the offenders.

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