Have you ever heard of parking discs?

Have you ever heard of parking discs?

Taylor Keresztesi20th May 2019

Like most countries with large cities, German streets are often congested, and drivers are hard pressed to find parking – never mind ensuring the price of it is affordable. These parking spaces are regulated in a few different ways. Meters are one of the least common methods, with the most popular parking controls being tickets and… discs?

Parking discs are typically a piece of cardboard with an adjustable time dial that can be obtained, or purchased, at places such as petrol stations and newsstands. Parking spaces will indicate whether the use of a disc is required and the length of time you are permitted to park there. You then turn the dial to the time of your arrival, rounded to the next half hour. For example, if you park at 9:45, you would set the dial to 10:00. You can then leave your vehicle for the nominated about of time indicated on the sign, starting at the time your dial Is set to. So, if the dial is set to 10:00 and the time limit is 3 hours, you should return no later than 13:00. The concept is based on an honour system, however, discs are checked and monitored on occasion.

Countries such as Australia, bypass the use of a disc all together and use regular checks by enforcement staff to ensure people do not over stay the parking limit permitted. Maybe Aussies tend to overstay their welcome more and require closer watch!

Meters are the unicorns of the parking world in Germany. While they may be rare, it might be handy to know how they work in case you do stumble across one. The meters are for individual parking spaces. If you park in one of these metered spaces, you deposit your money and turn the dial (if there is one) and see how much time you have to park. If you require more time, add more money. You’re then free to leave to the designated amount of time. The ticketing system is quite similar, though requires less hardware as one machine can service many car parks, which is why meters are being phased out in preference of the ticketing machines.

German ticketing systems work similarly to most other countries. You park your car, visit the ticket machine, enter your car’s registration number, pay for the length of time you intend to stay, return to your vehicle and display the ticket on your dash so it’s visible through the windshield. This system works well if you know exactly when you’ll be back, otherwise you end up over paying and out of pocket - or under paying and run the risk of receiving a parking fine. The machines typically don’t give change either – greedy little things!

The Kerb app is another alternative for parking in Germany, and several other countries across the world. Kerb allows drivers to book a private parking space that someone else rents to earn money. The best part? It’s affordable and gets your vehicle off the road, ensuring it’s secure. Download the Kerb app or visit www.kerb.worksto find a parking space, or list yours to earn extra money!


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