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Street Parking

Not sure if this only applies to Basel, or if across all of Switzerland.

Until recently we had both white and blue parking boxes in our local street.

My understanding of these is/was:

White - can park for as long as you like, with or without a permit and no need to show/set the cardboard clock and place it on the dashboard.

Blue - Monday - Saturday between the hours of 07:00-19:00 and you don't have a residents permit, you have to place the cardboard clock on the dash and can park for 90 mins.
If you have a permit (cost CHF140) then you can can park for as long as like.

If you have guests at your home who traveled by car, then they can buy a parking ticket from the tram machines or on line.

Recently some new signs appeared several hundred meters from our house, with a blue and white line across the road.

I was advised this now means that the white boxes no longer apply and all parking spaces are now treated as blue ... and this applies across all of Basel.

Thought I would share, as I'm sure that the discreetly placed signs may be missed and people could end up getting fined for parking in a white box with no permit and/or for too long.
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If you have guests at your home who traveled by car, then they can buy a parking ticket from the tram machines or on line.
What?! How come I didn't know this? Thanks for the great info!
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Re: Street Parking

White is also used for charged by the hour parking spaces throughout switzerland.
It will be posted by signs and there will be one or several parking meters within the proximity. In which case you will need to leave the parking ticket visible on your dashboard or risk a fine.
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What?! How come I didn't know this? Thanks for the great info!
Because you don't live in Basel?
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Re: Street Parking

The rules are fairly common across Switzerland, and have been in place for several years now!

When you drive across 2 solid lines in the road (one blue, one white, & close together) you are entering (or if driving the other way - leaving!) a controlled parking area. Usually as a visitor you need to pay for the on-street parking.

Residents have the option of buying a parking permit. There will also be signs at the entrances to the controlled parking area detailing the time restrictions.
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Blue - Monday - Saturday between the hours of 07:00-19:00 and you don't have a residents permit, you have to place the cardboard clock on the dash and can park for 90 mins.
This is generally the case but I have seen areas where the person checking the discs told me the time limit was actually 1 hour (likewise, some areas have 90 mins, other 2 hours). Guess better to make sure in advance.
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This is generally the case but I have seen areas where the person checking the discs told me the time limit was actually 1 hour (likewise, some areas have 90 mins, other 2 hours). Guess better to make sure in advance.
By default the rule is one hour - rounded up to the next half hour. So depending when you arrive it's between 60 and 90 minutes.

The instructions are on the blue disc you (need to) have in your car.

As in all parking cases, there could be a sign saying something specific. I've mainly seen this in very busy areas (shorter times allowed) or more rural areas obviously designed for walkers (longer times allowed).
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