Regulating Tourist Bus Access in Paris: LTZ BUS
Paris is a popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors every year. To accommodate these visitors, the city has designated parking zones for tourist buses. However, with the increase in pollution and the impact on the quality of life of citizens, the city has introduced a new parking regulation for tourist buses. In this article, we will discuss the new regulation, the tariffs for coach parking, and the restriction program for buses.
The city of Paris has introduced a new regulation that will increase the parking fees for tourist buses. Starting from May 2020, the parking fees for buses will increase by up to 60% in six months. However, the fees for less polluting vehicles will remain significantly lower. The National Federation of Passenger Transport estimates that this significant increase in parking fees will undoubtedly have an impact on tourist inflows.
New Tariffs for Coach Parking
Here are the new tariffs that will be applicable from May of this year:
This pass is available for both occasional and subscribed users. It can be purchased directly online on the dedicated website and is valid for 9 months. For subscribers, the units cost between €0.85 to €1.13. The price varies based on several factors such as the type of pass available, the duration of parking, the parking zone, and the vehicle's engine.
Here are a few examples of prices to get a clear picture of the situation:
- Parking for two hours in the central zone costs €15
- Coach pass available for subscribers costs €90, while for occasional users, it costs €102.00
The coach parking is chargeable 7 days a week, and you must have the Coach Pass compulsorily. The parking times vary from zone to zone. In the central zone, the minimum parking time is two hours, while the maximum is six hours. In the peripheral area, you can park for a minimum of four hours until the next day. Parking outside the 468 available spaces is prohibited.
Restriction Program for Buses
The National Federation of Passenger Transport fears that this measure will force the buses to circulate in the city instead of parking, thereby increasing noise pollution and affecting the citizens' quality of life.
Besides the increase in fees, a restriction program for buses has been implemented, as follows:
- From 1st July 2022, a ban on Euro 5 diesel buses registered between 2009 and 2013 and standard petrol buses Euro 3 and 4 registered from 2001 until September 2009.
- From 1st July 2024, a ban on all diesel and standard petrol buses registered between 2009 and 2013.