Nicosia municipality has upgraded several parking areas around the town to help improve the issue of parking within the city walls, while parking fees have been altered to support visitors, residents and local businesses.
According to a municipal announcement, the municipal parking areas of D'Avila moat, Tripoli and the multi-storey car parks in Ledra- Ariadni and Faneromeni have been operating with an electronically monitored entrance and exit system (bars) since Monday. Meanwhile, a closed-circuit security system has been installed and all areas will be supervised by staff on a 24-hour basis to increase service to the public.
At the same time, the municipality in collaboration with property owners in the commercial centre district have created 200 new parking places where parking is provided at a cost of only €2 for up to 12 hours. These parking spots are located at Simeonidou Street, the corner of Alasia and Zenonos Sozou streets, Agapinoros, Pente Pigadia, Charalambou Mouskou and Marcou Drakou streets.
Another measure taken by the municipality to resolve the issue of parking in the city centre involves the alteration of parking fees and the provision of various facilities for workers and residents.
"In acknowledgement of the financial crisis which has affected all citizens and wanting to support entrepreneurship, the parking fees at parking meters remain the same as 2009, despite the increase of VAT from 15% to 19%," the announcement said.
It is also noted that the parking meters in Nicosia municipality are free from midday on Saturday until 7am on Monday, as well as after 7pm on a daily basis.
Parking fees in municipal parking areas apply throughout the week, 24hours a day.
Prices for municipal parking areas have been reduced to facilitate more visitors for short-term parking, as the minimum parking time has been reduced to one hour for the price of €1.
Meanwhile, fees for two hours have remained the same but have been increased for three hours although they are still lower than fees at private parking areas. Charges apply according to parking time especially in spaces controlled by bar systems.
In addition, the monthly parking permit system has been expanded to allow workers and residents to park at cheaper rates according to their area. The permits will be issued by the traffic wardens' department.
The municipality also noted that free parking for disabled vehicles and press cars still applies, while owners of hybrid and electric cars can also park at the municipal parking areas free of charge.