Back to Top

Lower parking tariffs for low-emission cars

Graz

In order to improve air quality and raise awareness, Graz introduced a reduced parking tariff for low-emission vehicles, including hybrid, electric and biofuel cars.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Traffic flow has increased enormously in recent years in Graz. The present measure was introduced within the framework of a necessary tariff increase.

The hourly parking tariff for all conventional vehicles was raised from EUR 1 to EUR 1.20, while the tariff for low-emission vehicles was lowered to EUR 0.80. Registered owners of low-emission cars receive a so-called Umweltjeton, or environmental token, and an official sticker issued by the city council. Ticket vending machines are equipped to recognise these tokens and deliver a lower tariff.

The new tariff system differentiates between cars below and above certain threshold limits: 

  • Petrol-powered vehicles must achieve Euro IV standard and emit less than 140g CO2 per km.
  • Diesel-powered vehicles must achieve Euro IV standard and emit less than 130g CO2 per km and must be equipped with particle filters.
  • Gas-powered vehicles must achieve Euro IV standard and emit less than 140g CO2 per km.
How did the measure progress?

The steps in the implementation process were:

  • the definition of thresholds — What is a low-emission car?
  • the definition of the implementation zone — all paid parking zones in Graz are included;
  • technological implementation — parking ticket vending machines had to be adapted to be able to deliver differentiated prices and recognise environmental tokens;
  • organisational implementation — procedures had to be put in place on how and where to register; and
  • marketing — drivers needed to be made aware of the new system.
What were the outcomes of the measure?

The local law defining parking tariffs was changed with the addition of a paragraph stating that a special tariff is applicable to low-emission vehicles.

Potential barriers were the fact that all drivers of low-emission vehicles had to register their cars with the Parking Department; and that all car manufacturers currently have different standards for low emissions.

Related documents

Currently there is no more information

Add comment

Log in or register to post comments

Contact

Contact:
Organization:

Related News

There are no news related to this measure