Parking has been regulated for a long time, more often to prohibit or restrict its use on public roads than to organize it…
A Little History
Parking is present in the abundant legislation bequeathed by Napoleon Bonaparte across Europe. Thus article 471 of the penal code provides that: “will be punished with fines … those who have embarrassed the public road network by depositing or leaving there unnecessarily materials or any things that prevent or diminish freedom or security passing …. “. Subsequently, case law has often referred to this article 471 in connection with parking on the public highway. The law of May 30, 1851 on the traffic and messaging police, supplemented by the decree of August 10, 1852 constitutes the first official text devoted to the use of vehicles on public roads in France. The text aims to avoid the deterioration of pavements, the maintenance of which as a public domain is now the responsibility of public finances. Article 10 of the law prohibits, for this purpose, “leaving a hitched car parked unnecessarily on the public highway”, article taken up by the decree of May 27, 1921 which generalizes the prohibition to any vehicle, by explicitly including l automobile.
Please Drive Somewhere Else
Amsterdam has more cars than parking and therefore has a strict parking policy. If you come to Amsterdam by car, be sure to know where to park and pay properly.
The city of Amsterdam was not designed to drive there. We know the cliché of Dutch (or Dutch) moving by bike along the canals: to park in Amsterdam, it is therefore advisable to target the periphery, then explore the city center by bike, tram, bus or by subway. The car parks in Amsterdam are mostly around the A10 and A2 ring road. Open 24 hours a day, they are called “P + R” (acronym for “Parkeren en Reizen”, “relay park”). The P + R can benefit from very low rates – 1 € for 24 hours – for a total duration of 96 hours (sometimes 24 hours, inquire according to the parking in Amsterdam).
However, if you want to park in the city center, be aware that there are still some parking spaces, although it will – we warned you – can not be more complicated
Nb. regulated parking spaces: 79.000
Average price: between 35 and 45 euros / day
Access: We do not recommend that you drive in the city center. It is far better to park outside the center on a free parking spot and use public transportation to continue your visit. Or leave your car parked in one of the relay parks located at the ramp of the A10.
Tip: This solution is also preferable if you do not want to drive in the small streets where bicycles and mopeds are often more numerous than cars.
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