Municipal authorities expect to receive 660 million euros in parking fees this year, i.e. 15 million euros more than in 2013 and 94 million euros more than in 2010. Amsterdam estimates to collect 162 million euros, by far the highest amount.
Parking fee revenues in the Netherlands
Paid parking in 155 municipalities
This year, 155 municipalities charge parking fees. The number of municipalities where motorists have to pay to park their cars has hardly changed in recent years. Parking fee revenues increase, because the rates are raised and paid parking is introduced in more and more areas. In more areas and during a larger part of the day, motorists have to pay to park their cars.
Parking fees important source of income
Parking fee revenues are an important source of income for Amsterdam. Revenues are estimated at 162 million euros in 2014, more than 27 percent of total revenues from municipal taxes. In the municipality of Zandvoort, parking fee revenues account for 26 percent of total revenues from municipal taxes. In 39 municipalities, i.e. one quarter of all municipalities charging parking fees, these revenues account for at least 10 percent of total municipal tax revenues.
Share parking fees in total revenues from municipal taxes
Four largest municipalities collect nearly half of total amount
The four largest municipalities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht account for nearly half of total parking fee revenues in the Netherlands. In many small municipalities, parking is free of charge. In one quarter of municipalities with a population below 50 thousand and in nine out of ten larger municipalities (50 thousand or more residents), motorists have to pay to park their cars.
Parking fee revenues by municipal population, 2014
Arlen Hoebergen and Paul van der Beek