Amsterdam: Can an increase in parking fees improve quality of life or just cause more transportation woes?

Amsterdam City Council is proposing to increase city parking rates in a bid to deter motorists from driving to the city centre. Once the increase comes into effect in April 2019, it will cost €7.50 per hour to park in the centre (currently €5).

According to the city council, many people still travel to and around Amsterdam by car but to keep the city “liveable and accessible”, these drivers “must choose a different way to get around”, it cautioned.

The proposal to increase parking fees for visitors is part of the Verordening Parkeerbelastingen 2019 (parking tax by-law), which will be discussed by the council committee for mobility, air quality and sustainability later this month.