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Commercial car parks and motorbikes

A quick question for those out there on two (motorised) wheels. When entering underground car parks attached to commercial centres do you grab a ticket or just drive past the barrier.

The reason I'm asking is that I wasn't sure what to do today. I drove in and tried to get a ticket (I figured that since I was using a space that I should in theory pay) but the machine wouldn't give me one so I decided to just drive in (and obviously out later) without a ticket. The machine was working as a car drove in just after me.

I'm just wondering do motorbikers pay or just do what I did? What are the standard "rules" in this situation. Also, as I didn't see an area for bikes I just used a car spot.

I'm just looking for clarification. Thanks
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Re: Commercial car parks and motorbikes

Park outside on the street?
(If it is an outside parking place I also skip the barrier )

Here some exceptions:
Shoppi Spreitenbach has dedicated motorbike spots and motorbikes are recognized at barrier. Unfortunately the rate is the same as for cages

Bern City is very restrictive about motorbike parking. Use the delicate zones only (Blue). You can also park in the Casino, they charge CHF 1 per hour, but free lockers are available.
See this map.

At Bad Schinznach the barrier skipping is the official way. No charges.

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Old 24.04.2013, 16:16
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Re: Commercial car parks and motorbikes

I like the one in M-Parc in Basel, to get in you need to pull a ticket, so I pull the ticket and use the cycle lane to get out.
However I find it excrutiating to have to pay for shopping parking, it kinda adds expensive insult to injury, that is why most time I go over to Germany or France.
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Re: Commercial car parks and motorbikes

No street parking available. There used to be an area of free parking in a "field" beside the centre but they closed it (I wonder why ).

So basically the answer is "it depends". Great

Thanks for letting me pick your brains.
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Re: Commercial car parks and motorbikes

My thought is that paying for parking was sort of a disincentive for driving (instead of taking the bus or walking or something), and since motorbikes are better for the environment and traffic congestion, you should feel righteous enough to not pay for parking. But I don't know if my logic would work on the parking police, so take this advice with a grain of salt.
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Re: Commercial car parks and motorbikes

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The reason I'm asking is that I wasn't sure what to do today. I drove in and tried to get a ticket (I figured that since I was using a space that I should in theory pay) but the machine wouldn't give me one so I decided to just drive in (and obviously out later) without a ticket. The machine was working as a car drove in just after me.

The machine was probably trying to determine if an actual car was at the barrier.
They are trying to avoid the following scheme:
- enter with your car, draw a ticket
- go shopping for a full day
- return, walk to the barrier and draw another ticket
- pay for that and use it to leave the parking lot
- ....
- profit!

Well, sort of ;-)
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Re: Commercial car parks and motorbikes

I would suggest NOT taking a ticket if there is no notice to do so.

The parking system will only allow cars past the barrier if there are free spaces, and taking a ticket fools the system into believing the park is full up when it isn't.
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The machine was probably trying to determine if an actual car was at the barrier.
They are trying to avoid the following scheme:
- enter with your car, draw a ticket
- go shopping for a full day
- return, walk to the barrier and draw another ticket
- pay for that and use it to leave the parking lot
- ....
- profit!

Well, sort of ;-)
Makes sense so I guess they shouldn't mind if I just drive on in to spend some moolah.

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I would suggest NOT taking a ticket if there is no notice to do so.

The parking system will only allow cars past the barrier if there are free spaces, and taking a ticket fools the system into believing the park is full up when it isn't.
True though in the end I did use a space (though the car park was 75% free).
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