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Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan. This is good news for the

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan.

Schaerbeek Avenue, Brussels

This is good news for the users of shared cars, notably those belonging to companies Cambio and Zen Car. “The exception is the city’s red zones, but free parking will be available on the majority of streets,” specifies Régis Leruth, the owner of Zen Car. He is overjoyed at this measure, meant to encourage the use of carsharing. The two carsharing operators in town have been waiting for this initiative for a long time. Speaking cautiously, he does not know for sure when this payment exemption will come into effect and if the necessary tax discs will be ready immediately, but he estimates that this measure will serve to boost the use of shared cars.

At the Regional Parking Agency, this information has been confirmed and clarified. “The parking exemptions will be ready by September. There will be regional cards, well, in fact a form to fill out. This will give the cars the right to be exempted from payment, with thanks to Zen Car and Cambio’s payment of five euros per year, per car. There will be, nevertheless, an exception. In the commercial zones (red and orange zones), like part of La Chausée de Gand or the area surrounding La Place Dailly, for example, one will still have to pay. But this includes only a small number of streets.”

Schaerbeek Aveunue at Place Dailly, Brussels, Belgium

At Cambio, this restriction is not worrisome. “Parking is already more clear if we can say that you have to pay only in the red zones. Up until now, parking was complicated, to the extent that we had a specialized employee responsible for the tickets that came to us from clients who had received tickets. Parking exemptions are therefore a very positive evolution for us, but also for the users of our cars who previously did not know exactly when they were required to pay for parking.”

In what ways is your city encouraging the use of shared transportation? Are financial incentives a good way to encourage sustainable practices?

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year...

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