Member in the Spotlight: Parking in Madrid gets Smart
Madrid is the first city in the world to implement a variable parking rate based on vehicle emissions. In the current discussion about standardised approaches for on-street parking service provision, Madrid is a shining example, so could this be a way forward for other cities as well?
The on-street parking policy is a crucial element to persuade people to either choose cleaner vehicles or to shift to another mode of transport. The Madrid parking strategy, which manages 156,000 parking spaces, is smart in three ways:
1. Those who park on-street pay according to the level of environmental friendliness of the technology of the vehicles (in Euro-class): when a car is parked the driver is asked to submit its licence plate number. This is checked against a reference database that includes the eco-performance of the vehicle. This determines the cost of parking. Madrid is the first city in the world to implement such a scheme, which includes all vehicles, and is not only giving incentives to hybrid or electric vehicles.
2 Within the parking system, the most advanced intelligent transport systems (ITS) are deployed... Continue reading here.
This insight has been published in the 'Thinking Cities' magazine, a joint publication of Polis and H3B Media. Issue 3, November/2014, page 106.