YEREVAN, June 18. / ARKA /. Young activists from a new civic initiative called "Out of Our Pocket" staged a protest today in front of the government demanding that the authorities cancel paid street parking system in the capital city.
"We believe that paid street parking is illegal and we demand that the government cancels it," Artashes Misakyan, one of the young activists, told reporters.
He downplayed a municipality decision to extend the free parking time in Yerevan from 5 to 15 minutes, saying the system must be eliminated altogether.
He said they demand also that the authorities cut the sizes of fines for various traffic rules violations recorded by speed cameras installed along the roads in the city and outside it as well as an amnesty for all previously fined drivers. He said on June 19 the civic initiative will reiterate its demands.
Fees from parking spaces on busy streets across the Armenian capital are collected by Parking City Service, which together with Lokator company won a tender announced by the municipality. Parking City Service pledged to invest $10 million in preparing paid parking spaces for 20,000 cars.
It is also installing surveillance cameras that are used for charging drivers 100 drams (25 U.S. cents) per hour, 500 drams per day, 1000 drams per week, 2000 drams per month and 12,000 drams per year. Thirty percent of the revenues go to the municipality. ($ 1 - 410.61 drams). -0 -