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Higher parking fees not harmful

22 September 2007 - The city’s plans to increase parking fees in the area within the ring road will have a very limited effect on the local economy, according to an Ecorys study. By increasing parking fees, the city wants to improve air quality.

According to the city’s plans, parking fees will be raised to 3.80 euro per hour. On the short term, the measure is expected to have an impact on clubs, prostitution and shopping areas that depend on large shops that shoppers visit by car, such as DIY shops, kitchen appliance shops and large supermarkets.

On the longer term, the measure might speed up a transformation process of activities with limited added value disappearing from the city, being replaced by activities such as ICT, new media, services, shops, hotels, restaurants and bars. In fact, this amounts to an enlargement of the inner city economy.

For comparison, Ecorys has studied the effects of economic measures by which cities such as London and Stockholm have successfully decreased car use. These were found to have had only a limited and short term negative impact on local businesses.

In London, business owners initially opposed the ‘congestion charge’ drivers must pay to enter the city centre. By now, business owners who support the measure outnumber those who are against it.

The Ecorys-report is contested by a Dutch retail organisation which claims that higher parking fees will result in a 15% decrease in turnover, citing unspecified ‘earlier experiences of shop owners in a comparable situation’.

Het Parool reports that the Amsterdam chapter of trade union FNV Bondgenoten has joined the critics. “Companies are already moving to other cities or regions, harming the Amsterdam economy and employment”, the organisation claims.

The VVD - advertising itself as the ‘most environmentally friendly car party of Amsterdam’ - has launched a campaign against higher parking fees. Council member Robert Flos claims that ‘smarter measures’ can improve air quality without hurting car owners. The party is going to distribute stickers and ‘gadgets’.

Illustration: ‘Are you rich enough to vote left’ sticker. Ecorys study, VVD campaign, retail organisation (all in Dutch)


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