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Parking rules and features

In accordance with the car rental agreement all chargeable parking facilities including parking for the return of the car are paid by the Client. At the airport we offer TWO FREE RETURN PLACES but if the Client chooses to return the car on a paid parking lot, then he must pay for it. The same rule is applied to paid parking at the hotels. It is also to be noted that under the terms of the agreement the Client pays all the fines received during the lease. That's why it is important to know the rules of parking in those places which are planned to be visited. As a matter of course in one article we will not be able to cover the parking features in all the cities that our Clients visit but we will touch upon the main ones in Vienna, Austria and dwell on the general rules for the EU.

Almost everywhere in Vienna you can park a car only with a “parkschein” (special parking voucher) which can be bought in a subway machine, at “Traffic" or "Tobacco" stalls. Without a "parkschein” in Vienna (except for remote areas), the car can only be left at night from 19:00 or 22:00 to 8:00 or 9:00 depending on the district or at weekends (except for the areas near the City Hall (Stadthalle)). Since there are a lot of districts in Vienna you had better ask at your hotel`s reception about the time during which parking is allowed in this or that place or even better take advantage of an inexpensive underground parking. On paid parking lots parksheins are surely not needed. In winter months parking is prohibited in the streets with tram traffic since the streets are cleaned from snow. It is forbidden to stop and park on the carriageway marked with a zigzag yellow line.

Parking rules vary in different Austrian cities. In many city centers there are special zones marked with a blue line where you can park for a period of half an hour to three hours. Having parked in such a zone you need to install a special timer indicating the stop time under the windshield of your car.

In many EU cities parking is paid via a cash-machine. The receipt with the time indicated should be placed under the windshield in a prominent place.  There are also modern machines in which you need to enter the number of the car and the paid parking time is transferred directly to the electronic database of the police. No receipts are needed to be placed under the windshield. Fines for incorrect parking in the EU start from 20 euros.

The most important thing to be taken into account about the parking rules is that you may get not only a fine for incorrect parking in the EU, but also the evacuation of the car is possible, especially if it was left in front of the entrance, near the rails, in the place for the disabled, in a private area (for example, a gas station), or anywhere at the airport (everywhere, except for paid parking). For reference: in Vienna the evacuator services cost 200-350 euros + a fine in some cases (for example 100 euros at the airport). The impoundment lot can cost 80 euros per day. It should be noted that the Client pays by him/herself all the expenses related to the tow truck services, impound lot, fines as well as all actions related to the return of the car from the impoundment lot. We provide only information support by phone, so we strongly recommend our Clients to select parking spaces carefully.

By the way with free parking and parking in the streets (where it is not forbidden) it is not all that simple either. In Austria and some EU countries there is a little-known law according to which every driver must check the position of his car every three days. This is due to the fact that the minimum period after which the established temporary sign comes into force is three days. 

Put simply, a sign can be installed in any place and at any time. For example, the parking prohibition sign was installed, and it comes into force after three days after its installation. Thus, all cars in the area of this sign will violate the traffic rules and accordingly can be fined and evacuated to the impoundment lot. This thing is likely to happen because such signs are usually set to carry out roadworks and the parked cars may hinder them. Of course the probability of such a coincidence is not high but the expenses  incurred by the driver who has not checked his car within three days are very large.

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