Amsterdam: higher parking rates for big cars

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Amsterdam’s West district has announced plans to make parking permits for big cars more expensive than those for small cars.

The measure, due to take effect in 2014, has been announced as part of an eight-year plan to reduce the pressure on cramped parking space in the capital’s western borough. Under the plan, parking permit fees will be based on a car’s length. Owners of a big car could end up paying twice as much as those who have a small one.

The plan also envisages the creation of car parks along the A10 ring around the city centre to reduce the number of cars parked in residential areas and make the latter more liveable. Residents would, however, see a rise in their parking permit fees.

Another aim of the plan is to set aside a number of high street parking spots for bicycles during daytime shopping hours.

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