Saturday, 08. March 2014 - 19:03
26. 04. 12. - 16:00
The Meidling, Penzing, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, Ottakring and Hernals districts of Vienna are to receive short parking- or parking ticket zones come October. In two districts there will be comprehensive regulations, and in three of them the parking tickets are only valid in certain areas – this is only partly certain as negotiations continue.
Meidling and Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus will introduce comprehensive regulations for the entire district. In Ottakring, Hernals and Penzing there will be different borders drawn, of which some will cross the line into the suburbs as well. Officially the zones will be introduced during the coming Monday.
Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus wanted comprehensive parking ticket rules from the start, and so it remained after assurances by the district council.
After the recommendations by the City Planning Office regarding the details of the impact of the parking situation, we have decided to levy parking in the entire district, says Meidling District Governor Gabriele Votava (SPÖ). Only a few streets on the district boundaries would be excluded for legal reasons, for example: parts of the Wundtgasse, Längenfeldgasse and Wienerbergstraße.
Hernals have also drawn their borders. According to District Director Ilse Pfeffer (SPÖ), car drivers will have to pay to park between the Gürtel and Güpferlingstraße come October. Furthermore, the district has created a so-called authorisation zone between Güpferlingstraße and Oberwiedenstraße. The parking places in this area will remain free of charge.
Penzing will also partly introduce taxes. The director Andrea Kalchbrenner (SPÖ) says that the borders are drawn from one side of Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus to the west into the area between Westbahntrasse and Wiental to around the end station of the U-4: Hütteldorf.
Around the underground station the parking tickets should not be valid between 09:00 and 22:00, but between 12:00 and 18:00, according to the district plans. This measure aims to reduce the commuter traffic.
Only Ottakring have to resolve the final details of the borders. The District Council has said that the zone border is to pass beyond the original border between Maroltingergasse and Sandleitengasse.
Recent reports of taxed areas all the way to the edge of the Vienna Woods (Savoyengasse) have not been confirmed.
The parking ticket expansions will be officially finalised on Monday, at an administrative hearing, says Leopold Bubak, the co-ordinator responsible. Until then, the overlapping zones have to be fixed. Afterwards, appropriate regulations can be decreed.
As opposed to the five districts now introducing parking tickets, Favoriten has chosen to not introduce short-term parking spaces.
A vote was held in Währing about the same issue, and the district’s inhabitant voted against parking tickets.
The ÖVP and the FPÖ are negative to the new regulations. The ÖVP chairman Manfred Juraczka spoke of an "extension of the chaos in the Viennese parking management" and ÖVP Vienna calls for the withdrawal of all existing parking ticket decisions in the districts involved, and a mandatory involvement of citizens.
"Dubious, mixed zones" and an "expensive puppet show" is what the initiative is called by the traffic spokesperson of the FPÖ, Toni Mahdalik. He is for valid, free parking tickets for all drivers who are registered in Vienna.
The Austrian Cars-, Motorcycles- and Touring Club (ÖAMTC) have expressed doubts, meaning that the zones reaching all the way out to the suburbs might not be constitutionally permissible. The border Sandleitengasse-Maroltinergasse would be an especially "bad joke" according to the ÖAMTC lawyer Martin Hoffer.
The Viennese farmers wish to expand the maximum parking duration in short-time parking zones from two to three hours. Willy Turecek, chairman of the "Sparte Gastronomie" in the Viennese Chamber of Agriculture, argues that two hours to visit a tavern or a restaurant is too short a time. The third hour should be taxed, however. He does not want any free hours; "That would be too utopian," he says.
What is on at Burg Kino this week (7 March - 13 March)
See what films are on this week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring.
Police catch graffiti-villain of Vienna
A graffiti sprayer, named "Puber" has been one of the main "villains" of Vienna for almost a year. He has filled almost the half of the city with his drawings. Now, a suspect, alleged to be the notorious sprayer himself is in the police custody of Vienna and may face up to five years in prison.
Apartment sales drop in Austria
According to the brokerage firm Re/Max, the number of the real estate sales in Austria has declined around 8.3% in the last year. The exact number of properties which were sold and bought accounts to over 80,000 units, which translates into 16 billion euros. Apartments were the most popular type of property sold last year, accounting for 28,000 of the units sold, but there has still been a 9.3% decrease from the last year.
McDonalds boom in Austria
McDonald's in Austria generated 560 million Euros in sales in 2013 after introducing more branches and expanding it's product range.
Exhibition takes you on a journey with Sigmund Freud
To mark the 75th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's death, the museum dedicated to him in Vienna is holding an exhibition looking at Freud's journeys around the world, including his final one that saw him flee National Socialism in 1938.
Plastic replacing fish in the Danube
The Danube is so polluted that there are now more plastic particles than fish larvae in the water according to new research.
Rediscovered 'degenerate' painting on show at Belvedere
A painting that was rediscovered in 2012, decades after it was seized by the Nazi's for being 'degenerate', is on display at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna.
Austrian Airlines spellcheck mishap
The online copyeditor for Austrian Airlines will be getting a slap on the wrist after it was embarrassingly revealed that the English version of their website is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.
FPOe former press officer cleared over Nazi SS posts
The former press spokesperson for the Freedom Party (FPOe) has been cleared by prosecutors in Austria after Nazi quotes appeared on his Facebook page.
Air China to fly to Spain via Vienna
A new four times weekly Air China flight between Beijing and Barcelona will stop off in Vienna when the route is launched on 5 May this year.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Animal rights group protest against Burberry fur in Vienna|
|Vienna first city to be granted personal domain name|
|Austrian Airlines spellcheck mishap|
|Insider reports errors in sick leave system|
|Air China to fly to Spain via Vienna|