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Old 23.05.2005, 16:15
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Parking in Zurich

Hi, All,

Since arriving here last fall, we've contributed significantly to the parking ticket coffers. Last Friday was a bummer, though. We were so diligently keeping our eyes on the timer to be sure we were okay. My husband left our wonderful dinner to feed the meter and came back with a big grin to announce that we were okay until the next morning! However, when we left to go home, there was another "contirbution envelope" for 80 CHF: apparently you can't just feed the meters...you have to move your car!
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Old 23.05.2005, 17:51
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Re: Parking in Zurich

I know! Its so evil!! I must admit though, that you are the first person I've heard who has actually received a fine for not moving the car... Good to know! Now I'll be more careful...
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Old 23.05.2005, 18:41
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Well, Lynn, doesn't that just figure? I don't think I'll bother telling my husband about that! We were so happy that we remembered to feed the meter. Oh, well. Live in Zurich and learn.
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Re: Parking in Zurich

Ja.. I was told that you receive two fines in that case... Once for exceeding the maximum time on the meter, and once for feeding the meter illegally.
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Old 24.05.2005, 19:38
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Wow! That's so harsh. We just thought we were being good ex-pats by making sure the meter didn't expire! Maybe they should try the death penalty for parking tickets...that would make us become meter literate. (Now that's meant to be funny, so don't start sending a bunch of patronizing responses.)
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Old 24.05.2005, 21:14
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Re: Parking in Zurich

The part I really love is have you ever arrived at a parking space to find that the meter still has 20 minutes remaining. You feel pretty pleased and think "I'll just top that up.." But when you put the coins in you discover that the meter resets itself to zero before it counts the money you put in!!

I had a funny experience the other week. I went to Interlaken and found that some kind sole had left their unused ticket stuck to the machine where you pay. It was the type of system where you print the ticket and leave it in your window. It still had about 4 hours remaining! How nice of someone to donate their unused ticket to a stranger. A rare moment indeed.

Now I'm not going to ask the obvious question that I know you are all wondering about....

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Re: Parking in Zurich

Mark,

I always look for someone to pass off my ticket to when it's one of those kind of meters. During the previous Christmas season, I had one with time left and tried to give it to a man who pulled in as I was leaving. He wanted to pay me for it! Of course, I didn't take any money. I never thought of leaving it at the machine. Good idea. A few times, there wasn't anyone around for passing it along.
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Great!! Let me know where you park regularly so I might be the lucky one !!
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The part I really love is have you ever arrived at a parking space to find that the meter still has 20 minutes remaining. You feel pretty pleased and think "I'll just top that up.." But when you put the coins in you discover that the meter resets itself to zero before it counts the money you put in!!
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Don't even think of trying to keep feeding the meter ... I've been fined 80CHF for putting an extra Franc in to extend it for an hour, near where I work. Good to know that the authorities have such a grip on crime that they have the resources for people to check that cars might be parked for longer than two hours in a space.


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Re: Parking in Zurich

If you wish to feed the meter you should check for chalk marks on the wheels of your car - this is often how they track your stay (or overstay).

Parking meters everywhere I've been are subject to rules where you don't feed the meter....it's just the Swissies are ruthlessly efficient in catching you!
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Re: Parking in Zurich

I was also so frustrated with a parking, during my first visits to Zuerich.

I have readed in 20min that they are planing finaly to implement parking payment via sms, but the way how that will be implemented is not described yet...

Thats working fantastic in my hometown for last few years. All you need is to send sms with your registration to parking system

Last two years I have also collected a bunch of parking lots...
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Re: Parking in Zurich

I have to gloat about my parking in Zurich; secure, always-available and free.

Unless of course my boss is using his parking space

They are utter b******s though - I parked near Milchbuchplatz and forgot the blue-zone ooghahhmaflippything to show my arrival time - and received an invitation to pay 40 francs. And I was not gone long and there was no sign of the evil gnome who put the ticket on the car
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I have to gloat about my parking in Zurich; secure, always-available and free.

Unless of course my boss is using his parking space

They are utter b******s though - I parked near Milchbuchplatz and forgot the blue-zone ooghahhmaflippything to show my arrival time - and received an invitation to pay 40 francs. And I was not gone long and there was no sign of the evil gnome who put the ticket on the car
I once arrived at the car 5 minutes after the blue zone limit had expired, at the same time as the parking warden, and she insisted on ticketing me even though there were plenty of free spaces (so I wasn't blocking anyone from parking) and I was going to move the car away anyway. In the UK it happened a couple of times that I came back to a car a bit late with a warden nearby who had been waiting as long as possible for me to come back before giving the ticket. The wardens there generally try to be as forgiving as possible in my experience, though that could be just good luck.

There really does seem to be a lack of empathy and humanity in the workings of the Swiss bureaucracy. Then again, I guess the sort of person attracted to the job would be a bit of a ******* anyway :-) I wonder how long they would last in the UK these days with the sort of behaviour of many members of the public. I'd guess that most Swiss wardens would he hospitalised within the week :-)



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Re: Parking in Zurich

Funny you should mention that part about UK parking inspectors. I remember ten years ago standing in a coffee shop and a parking inspector came in and said "does anyone in here own that red car across the street". Someone did and apologised and the inspector told them they had five minutes to move it. Since I had just arrived from Australia I was taken aback at this very tolerant attitude, as Australian parking inspectors had a reputation for being complete bast***s.

However, I've had it on good authority from several people that nice friendly parking inspectors in London now exist only in my warm fuzzy memories. A few weeks ago I was in Sydney and saw a parking inspector printing me a ticket. I walked up to my car and sarcasticly said "thanks", not expecting much in the way of sympathy. To my utter surprise he apologised profusely, explained that he had been there waiting for me to come back, and if I'd just waved to him as I had approached he could have avoided hitting the print button. I felt like a real idiot for being sarcastic to him. Perhaps all those nice parking inspectors immigrated?

Well a bit off topic, but I think the main point is that none of us have ever actually met a nice parking inspector here (in Switzerland), or in my case I've never met one at all. It always seems to be the way that you come back to the car and find a freshly printed ticket - but the parking inspector is always nowhere to be seen!
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Re: Parking in Zurich

I still haven't contributed to the parking ticket coffers, but I did blatantly ignore a 60km speed limit radar warning and was delivered a CHF 100 fine for going 10km over the speed limit (10 francs for every kilometer over the speed limit sounds oh so reasonable, doesn't it).

As far as parking, I haven't been able to figure out the rules about free parking in the blue zone where you set your timer and park for one hour - after the hour is up can you just reset the timer if you want to park longer or do you also have to move your car, just as you do in the metered spaces?

I think it's a good advice to watch out for chalk marks. Only once a parking inspector had put such chalk on my car tires that it didn't erase for years (in the dry San Diego, USA, climate where I normally live)!

I like the idea of leaving your unexpired parking ticket in the machine for someone else to use. If a city's true goal is just to restrict parking and create more order, this should be fine with them. But of course a city's goal is never simply that!
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I still haven't contributed to the parking ticket coffers, but I did blatantly ignore a 60km speed limit radar warning and was delivered a CHF 100 fine for going 10km over the speed limit (10 francs for every kilometer over the speed limit sounds oh so reasonable, doesn't it).

As far as parking, I haven't been able to figure out the rules about free parking in the blue zone where you set your timer and park for one hour - after the hour is up can you just reset the timer if you want to park longer or do you also have to move your car, just as you do in the metered spaces?

I think it's a good advice to watch out for chalk marks. Only once a parking inspector had put such chalk on my car tires that it didn't erase for years (in the dry San Diego, USA, climate where I normally live)!

I like the idea of leaving your unexpired parking ticket in the machine for someone else to use. If a city's true goal is just to restrict parking and create more order, this should be fine with them. But of course a city's goal is never simply that!
Rule is that you can't reset your timer in the blue zone and (well in our area, anyway) you cannot top up the meter in the paid for areas, either.

Don't know if they use chalk but there are often parking ladies buzzing about with their little hand-held computer dishing out fines. I wouldn't risk it.
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