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Parking in Lausanne

hi,

i am in Lausanne now and planning to bring my car from Germany.

I saw many blue zone parking place with some french words on it.

can some one explain the parking rules in Lausanne a little bit?

or is there a translation of traffic symbols between english/french or english/german.

i tried to search that in the EF, but didnot find.

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Re: Parking in Lausanne

Hi,

Welcome to Lausanne....

Traffic symbols are the same as in Germany and the rest of Europe (plus most of Planet Earth).

As for the blue white and yellow zones:

White: You need to pay for and there is often a time restrictions on how long you can maximum park for even when paying. Look for a park-o-meter and if there is a number next to the parking space then remember it. Generally you pay anywhere between 1 CHF to 4 CHF per hour. Example of white zone As for the text on the signs there example it reads "Max 2 hours parking. 800-1200 / 1330-1900 Jours Ouvrables Samedi Jusque 1800" Meaning "Max 2 hours parking, you need pay in the period from 800-1200 and from 1330 to 1900. All days, except Saturday it's till 18:00".

Yellow: These are reserved spots for the locals in the area or paid parking spots. Stay from them! (example) The same goes for the yellow ones with the X's in them, stay even further away from them. (Bad example of people parking in the yellow boxes with x's)

Blue: Parking Disc area, here you have to your parking disc in the clearly visible behind the front-shield of your car. Generally you are allowed to park 3 hours. (example) If it has text under it (example) such as the example, it means that you can full time park, if you have the respective permit (in this case M)

In the blue and white zones, if you go back and change the time or get a new ticket without moving the car, you can get a ticket (50 CHF).


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Re: Parking in Lausanne

thx, Peter, your explanation is very helpful.

just some more questions:
for "Max 2 hours parking. 800-1200 / 1330-1900 Jours Ouvrables Samedi Jusque 1800" Meaning "Max 2 hours parking, you need pay in the period from 800-1200 and from 1330 to 1900. All days, except Saturday it's till 18:00"

does it mean i dnt need to pay between 1200--1330?

i also was told cars from foreigener country (with foreigner car number) cannot park in blue zone. is that also true?
i will keep my german car number until the end of year becasue of insurance in germany.

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Re: Parking in Lausanne

Correct, you don't need to pay between 1200 and 1330. Usually most places in Lausanne and Vaud have free parking during the lunch hour.

Regarding the blue zone and non-Swiss license plates, no that is incorrect. You are allowed to park there, but I would strongly recommend that you get a Swiss parking disc, since the Swiss has intervals of 30 minutes, whereas most other Europeans have 15 minutes. You can pick one up in almost every gas-station.

The only thing you can't do in the blue zone, is buy scratch tickets (cartes a gratter) for yourself for use in the blue zones. You would need to get a permit for parking. You can order one here for your area: https://www.lausanne.ch/view.asp?DocId=8287&Language=D (this is for long term parking, which I assume you will be doing)
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Re: Parking in Lausanne

hi, Peter,
thx for the detailed information but still a little bit confused.
i assume all the blue zones are free to park but with limitation of time range. then why do i need to by ticket?
and for these blue zones with unlimited time range, do i need to get the permit you indicated or i can just park my car there?
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Re: Parking in Lausanne

Some of the information mentioned about the blue zones is not correct.

You do NOT have to pay to park in a blue zone. You DO have to show the disk on the dashboard so they can see it.

Blue zone parking in Lausanne is limited to 1.5 hours. Unless you have what is called a "macaron" which is a special sticker that you get from the city (about CHF 450/year) that allows you to stay as long as you want in a blue zone in your part of town (hence the letters that you see on the blue zone signs). You need to be a resident to get the macaron.

An overview:

The control the blue zones is normally from 08:00 -12:00 and 13:30 - 18:00 on Monday-Saturday. No time limit saturday night or Sunday but you need to have the disk. In case always check the specific sign.

You may stay 1.5 hours during the controlled periods. If you arrive at 12:30, mark the time on the disk but you can stay until 15:00 without a problem (since the time only starts again at 13:30)

If you park after 18:00 you can put 08:00 on your disk and you are good until 9:30.

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Re: Parking in Lausanne

In all the blue parking zone, you always need to use a parking disc, unless you have a parking permit, then you are allowed for unlimited parking (though only within the zone the permit is valid within)
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Re: Parking in Lausanne

yes, i also asked some of my local colleagues.
they told me in blue zone, you can only park for one hour maxi during day time (9am-7pm). if the parking permit applies, you can park unlimited.
Sunday is unlimited parking for blue zone. no matter you have a permit or not.
my question is, where to park my car on Saturday if i donot have a fixed and paid parking place? any one has good solution on it?
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Re: Parking in Lausanne

i have a big blue parking zone close to my apartment. but this one, no permit signal on it. so parking permit from the city does not apply.
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Re: Parking in Lausanne

I've read the topic and I've sum up these:
  • Yellow boxes: reserved, keep out of them
  • Yellow X boxes: few-minutes stop is allowed (to load/unload) but parking is not allowed.
  • Blue boxes: can park for 1 hour, but I have to have the parking disc. If you have the area's "macaron" you can park freely.
  • White boxes: you pay for them, free at lunch time and overnight.
Is it correct?

Question #1: is parking on blue boxes freely permitted indefinitely during lunch hours (12:30 - 13:30) and overnight (19:00 - 08:00)? I've never seen any such notice. Also, is it 1 hour or 1.5 hours?

Question #2: is parking at Sunday freely permitted in Blue and White areas?
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I've read the topic and I've sum up these:
  • Yellow boxes: reserved, keep out of them
  • Yellow X boxes: few-minutes stop is allowed (to load/unload) but parking is not allowed.
  • Blue boxes: can park for 1 hour, but I have to have the parking disc. If you have the area's "macaron" you can park freely.
  • White boxes: you pay for them, free at lunch time and overnight.
Is it correct?

Question #1: is parking on blue boxes freely permitted indefinitely during lunch hours (12:30 - 13:30) and overnight (19:00 - 08:00)? I've never seen any such notice. Also, is it 1 hour or 1.5 hours?

Question #2: is parking at Sunday freely permitted in Blue and White areas?
Some comments.

Yellow X boxes are for professional deliveries. I understand that they are not to be used at any time if you are not a delivery truck/van. Don't try it, or at least have someone stay with the car while unloading.

White Zones (parkometers). Each one is different. You need to read the details on the ¨posted sign or on the machine. Some let you go free at lunch, others not. Some stop at 18:00, some at 19:30 some at 22:00 ! Some have free parking on Sunday (most) but some do not. Read the sign to be sure !

Blue Zones. Yes you need the disk. If you are a resident in Lausanne you can apply for the macaron for your neighbourhood. The macaron allows unrestricted parking time in your area.

Times for blue zones. Blue zones are "active" from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 18:00. You have ONE hour free parking. But here is the thing. If I arrive at 10:05 I would set the disk for 10:30. That way I go until 11:30.

If you arrive at lunch time, set the disk for 13:30 arrival. If you arrive in the evening (after 18:00 which is the cut-off). Set the time for 8:00 next morning so you are good until 9:00 (assuming you are staying put for the evening. if not, just put the real arrival time).

Remember, you always need to put out the disk if you are in a blue zone. Even if "after hours".

You can buy special cards that will give you more time in the blue zones. These cards are available from the city. I think the link was given in this or another of these threads.
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Blue Zones. Yes you need the disk. If you are a resident in Lausanne you can apply for the macaron for your neighbourhood. The macaron allows unrestricted parking time in your area.

Times for blue zones. Blue zones are "active" from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 18:00. You have ONE hour free parking. But here is the thing. If I arrive at 10:05 I would set the disk for 10:30. That way I go until 11:30.
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Are blue zones "active" on Sunday too or is it free to park there?
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Are blue zones "active" on Sunday too or is it free to park there?
No, they are not active. You can leave the car from Saturday at 18:00 until 8:00 on Monday morning without a problem. You still need to have the disk set and show it on the car. I would suggest you set it for 8:00 so you are ok for Monday morning.

Here is the link for the cards you can buy if you want to stay longer in a blue zone.

http://www.lausanne.ch/view.asp?DocId=20271
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Re: Parking in Lausanne

What about white boxes, where there is no sign of restriction, no ticket wending machine and no people collecting money for parking there? Those are free zones?

there are around 15 places behind the Aldi on Av de Valmont, entrance between Shell and Aldi. My neighbors told me it is a free zone, and I am parking there for a week now without any problem, but is better to check...

as some asked for the exact place:
http://g.co/maps/afzwx
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What about parking space with yellow and blue lines combined?! What rules go here?
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What about parking space with yellow and blue lines combined?! What rules go here?
Where have you seen that? Remember the address, probably, so that I can look from Google Street View?
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Here are the photos:
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It's difficult to tell what that yellow line is. I could be a bike lane or something. You'll have to back up a bit so we can see what's around it.

The sign means that you need your parking wheel and it's limits apply except if you have a C parking permit.
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Re: Parking in Lausanne

Both lines are on the sidewalk, the pavement. They go together with the blue line. There is no other yellow line outside the parking space. On the left corner you see the street beginning. Sow long can I park here without a permit? 1.5 hours or 3 hours?
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Both lines are on the sidewalk, the pavement. They go together with the blue line. There is no other yellow line outside the parking space. On the left corner you see the street beginning. Sow long can I park here without a permit? 1.5 hours or 3 hours?
But when you drive into the space you do not cross the yellow line is that correct? Again, without seeing where you are parked it's hard to tell. But for me the yellow line means you can't drive forward out of the parking space into the street or that you can't park on the side walk.

I can't remember how long the wheel thing is for. It should be written on the wheel.
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