Free parking during the summer: in the Oise, an exception rather than a rule
Free parking during the summer? At least in Beauvais. The city recalled on Monday August 1 that payment for parking spaces in the city was suspended during the month of August.
“This free access concerns all surface car parks (except Foch car park) as well as the free ring (in the heart of town, initially limited to two hours, Ed), details the town hall. However, during this free period, motorists must respect the stop signs on which parking is limited to 15 minutes.»
In the Oise, the city-prefecture is not the only large agglomeration to grant this gift to motorists. This is also the case from Chantilly, where places, usually in red or orange zones, therefore paying, are free. The only exception: the station area.
Blue areas maintained
But in the other agglomerations of the department, gifts no longer seem to be the order of the day in the city centers. Several of these communities have reviewed their policy, moving from payment through parking meters to blue zones. Also if the parking is not paying, it is however limited in time. This is particularly the case in Creil since 2018. Each car park now benefits from a maximum parking time of two hours, from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (the station car park is not concerned, since it this is a private car park). This parking regime remains unchanged during the summer.
With a smaller population and therefore less dense traffic, the authorities can however be more tolerant in the application of parking rules. “Everything is in the blue zone in Meruexplains Stéphane Le Grand, director of security prevention and head of the multi-municipal police department of Méru, south of Beauvais. But we ask our agents to be flexible at this time. If, to go shopping, the disc is not necessarily put, we do not verbalize on this period. It’s not regulation, but it’s a bit of a truce. And then there are a lot of vacancies this season.“Tolerance has limits, however: “What we don’t want are wrecked cars in the squares.“Residents who have gone on vacation, but who leave their vehicle in a blue zone, will also be fined.
In Compiègne and Senlis, we pay full pot
There remain cities like Senlis or Compiègne where there is no truce at all. In Senlis, the hypercentre is accessible for 1.50 euros per hour, with a limit of just over two hours. Parking in the green zone is 1.20 euro, limited to four hours. In addition, there are two blue zones, in the Thomas Couture car park with 25 spaces), limited to two hours from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, as well as 14 spaces along Avenue Foch , with an authorized stop of 30 minutes.
As to in Compiègne, the imperial city has not applied free summer for a few years, with the exception of summer 2020, at the end of the first confinement. “The merchants had asked that paid parking be restored, because there were a lot of sucker cars“, indicates the town hall. Places therefore remain chargeable in the red zones (the hypercentre), as well as the peripheral orange zones, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each motorist has a free half hour per day and per car. That’s two hours free per day. You will have to be content with that.
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