The cost of parking in a car in Wrocław increased noticeably on Sunday, when new charges came into effect.
The biggest change has been in the cost of short-term stays of 40 minutes, which have gone up from 1zł to 3zł.
Wrocław City Council had wanted to make it cheaper for drivers to park for short periods of time. That was precisely why it only cost 1zł to park for 40 minutes. However, like many offers and privileges in Poland, it ended up being removed due to it being ‘cleverly’ misused by cunning drivers.
According to multiple reports in the local press, many drivers used a mobile parking app to pay for 40 minute tickets several times over, saving themselves around 16zł for 9 hours of parking. It is estimated that the City Council lost 100,000zł per year as a result.
The price of fines has also gone up. Drivers whose car does not have any parking ticket will be fined 100zł (up from 50zł). Those drivers whose parking ticket has run out will pay 40zł (up from 30zł).
Parking subscriptions have also gone up, while the higher-priced city centre zones (A+B) have been extended too.