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Paid street parking proves profitable in central Moscow

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In just over a week of operation, Moscow drivers have spent over 700 thousand rubles (approx. $22,000) in the new centrally located street parking system, reports Interfax citing the "Administrator of Moscow parking space" Sergei Marinichev.

"Since the beginning of the pilot program, we have collected 434,000 rubles via SMS payments, mobile applications and parking machines, as well as about 300 thousand rubles from sales of prepaid cards. In total, we have received more than 700 thousand rubles," Marinichev said.

In addition, Marinichev said that there are about 200-300 fines for unpaid parking per day.

"We issue fines, but drivers still have the right to appeal the fine, if for some reason their payment did not go through. Drivers can keep their receipts or SMS denial of payment, including corporate rates. We will consider these cases, " he stressed.

Marinichev also noted that during the pilot project some problems were revealed that are mostly related to payment methods, and added that, over time, parking machines will be eliminated.

"Parking machines are not the primary method of payment and will likely become obsolete. We did not want to spend much money on parking machines. We negotiated with the companies that put in the terminals and they will provide drivers with the opportunity to pay for parking via payment terminals," he said.

As for the area residents and people with disabilities, according to Marinicheva, only 412 have been issued for free parking thus far. He also added that the traffic on the pilot program streets decreased by an average of 2%

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