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Old 27.10.2013, 23:08
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Advise on how to fight with commune regarding parking rights

Hello,

Recently my (very small) commune in canton Vaud decided to change the parking rules for white zone prohibiting the long term parking and allowing to park 3 hours max.

For residents of the village they recommend to buy a "macaron" for 30 CHF per month allowing to park in long term however, in order to get it the following conditions should be met:

1. The car should have Vaud license plates

2. The macaron will be given only to a single car

3. Resident should acquire an attestation from renting agency which states that renting agency cannot find a parking place for him (outside, inside, does not matter)

So pretty much the new rules taken by commune are forcing people to rent places from renting agencies and they cannot have any alternative.

To make situation worse, when I tried to obtain a macaron my renting agency told me that they can offer me a place for 80 CHF per month for outside parking place. One month before the new rule was accepted the usual price nearby was 40-50 CHF per month.

So the price went up ... I assume that if renting agency would like to offer it for 500 CHF per month I should still take it legally speaking as document from commune says nothing about price differences, etc.

So, what to do? Should I shut up and pay 80 CHF or still fight for cheaper alternative? I just wonder, what chances I have to make situation better ...

The whole situation is not about money, but more about justice. It seems like the decision taken by commune is monopolist as it does not give people any choice but rather rent for whatever prices renting agencies want.

Is there any anti-monopoly committee I may send this too?
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Old 27.10.2013, 23:22
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Re: Advise on how to fight with commune regarding parking rights

I don't know, not being in your commune, but I would guess that this might have been something that was voted on during the commune's annual general meeting or something similar. If so, then it's been agreed by the commune as a whole and there's not much you can do about it. The fact that rental agencies are taking advantage is not their problem. You'll have to pay what is asked or move to another commune which doesn't have such strict parking regs.
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Old 28.10.2013, 01:14
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Re: Advise on how to fight with commune regarding parking rights

Talk to the regie and tell them that you really can't afford another monthly expense at this time but you will consider it at a later date. However, you would appreciate they offer the space to someone else and if they could please give you the letter as required by the commune.

They may say yes. They may say no. But at least you can try that first. Even then they might offer a cheaper space.

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Re: Advise on how to fight with commune regarding parking rights

get the 80 a month. in all honesty there is a great satifation in having your own spot. (never moving, no tickets, no damage from walkers etc etc) I always loved having a spot ...In the end we had 2 and it was simply a nice for my piece of mind....
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Re: Advise on how to fight with commune regarding parking rights

Parking is a priviledge not a right they have every right to impose rules
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Old 28.10.2013, 08:24
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The whole situation is not about money, but more about justice. It seems like the decision taken by commune is monopolist as it does not give people any choice but rather rent for whatever prices renting agencies want.
Justice and motorists?? There is little or no justice for "cash cow" car drivers!

Look at this way: your commune is about 20 years behind. The rest of us have been charged for parking our cars on the road for the last 20 years.

It is all about money...
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Re: Advise on how to fight with commune regarding parking rights

It seems some people haven't quite understood the complaint. The OP isn't complaining about having to pay, he's complaining about how much he has to pay being at the whim of the letting agencies. I suspect whoever thought up the rule didn't think of the consequences, or they didn't make it clear enough.

First step would be to go to the commune and ask if it's really true that it's availability of space - no matter what the price - that's the criteria. Next step would be to go and speak to a local politician, and point out how unfair this law is. You cannot be the only one affected by it. You could even, if you can find some locals who are against this, raise an initiative to get the rule changed.
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First step would be to go to the commune and ask if it's really true that it's availability of space - no matter what the price - that's the criteria. Next step would be to go and speak to a local politician, and point out how unfair this law is. You cannot be the only one affected by it. You could even, if you can find some locals who are against this, raise an initiative to get the rule changed.
.... and to think we will be voting on a national referendum on raising the motoring costs by Fr 60 per year !
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Talk to the regie and tell them that you really can't afford another monthly expense at this time but you will consider it at a later date. However, you would appreciate they offer the space to someone else and if they could please give you the letter as required by the commune.
Thanks for your suggestion. Well, this was the first thing I said to regie, but they just replied that since they are able to provide me a parking place, they will not provide an attestation that I cannot rent from them
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First step would be to go to the commune and ask if it's really true that it's availability of space - no matter what the price - that's the criteria. Next step would be to go and speak to a local politician, and point out how unfair this law is. You cannot be the only one affected by it. You could even, if you can find some locals who are against this, raise an initiative to get the rule changed.
Thanks for the advise. I will probably follow your suggestion. Will see what the reply of the commune will be.
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Old 30.10.2013, 00:34
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Hello miniMia,

Thanks for your suggestion. Well, this was the first thing I said to regie, but they just replied that since they are able to provide me a parking place, they will not provide an attestation that I cannot rent from them
They are just mean!
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Look at this way: your commune is about 20 years behind. The rest of us have been charged for parking our cars on the road for the last 20 years.
You're absolutely right. However, the issue here is not the commune charging for overnight street parking - that is done almost everywhere in Switzerland.

But the commune basically forcing people to rent a private parking spot if one is available is something I have never heard of and I have strong doubts that such a rule would hold up in court. Honestly, this sounds like an idea that some local landlords and the local council came up with late at night after a few too many bottles of Féchy.

Legalities aside, I agree with Anthony1406 though. Personally I'd go for a private spot, possibly covered. I only had to rely on street parking for a few months many moons ago and I wouldn't want to go back.

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