Sofia: Green parking zone to be extended in October 2017

Written by on July 20, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Sofia: Green parking zone to be extended in October 2017

As of  October 1 2017, there will be “green zones” in Sofia’s Lozenets and Sredets residential areas, which means car owners will have to pay one lev (about 50 euro cents) an hour for parking. This applies on working days from 8.30am to 7.30pm.

Until now, both the green and blue zones were in operation from 8am to 7pm. The Bulgarian capital city’s municipality decided to change these hours by extending them by 30 minutes.

Residents can obtain a parking permit at the authorities for 150 leva a year. These permits are valid for a perimeter around the registered address of any applicant, who will be exempt in that area.

The extended Green Zones will be in the south-east of the city centre, around the Borisova Gradina area. One will be between Evlogi i Hristo Georgiev Boulevard and Mihai Eminescu  Boulevard, as well as between Han Omurtag Street and Tsarigradsko Chaussee. The other will be in the area between Evlogi i Hristo Georgiev, Dragan Tsankov, James Bourchier and Cherni Vrah Boulevards.

The decision to extend the existing Green Zone in Sofia will have implications for the income the city can count on, but also for the quarters adjacent to the new Green Zones.

The centre of Sofia is a blue zone, where parking costs two leva an hour. In all Green Zones, it is one lev. Drivers who do not have parking vouchers, which are being sold by convenience stores and city employees wearing yellow vests, can send a text message with the registration number of their vehicle to the number 1303 (Green Zone) or 1302 (Blue Zone). The duration of parking with payment via SMS is limited to four hours a day.

Vehicle owners without permit are usually fined 32 leva, if they pick up their vehicles before 6pm. They will have a ticket on their windscreen wiper or door, with a number to call. It can take up to 30 minutes until the wheel clamp is removed from the vehicle. This will happen after payment.

Otherwise, if not picked up on time, cars without permit, voucher or parking SMS will be towed away.






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