Legal amendments for solving car parking problems2016-12-05
The revised requirements for the pedestrian traffic and car parking infrastructure will facilitate the solution of parking problems that the big cities of Lithuania grapple with. The requirements have been revised by amending the Construction Technical Regulation ‘Streets and Local Roads. General Requirements’. According to Acting Minister of Environment Kęstutis Trečiokas, these amendments are aimed at encouraging all participants of construction, local self-government and owners and users of transport infrastructure to act together as these problems can only be addressed by joint efforts.
In view of the growing number of cars and their intensified use in the country, especially in the big cities, demand for parking spaces is increasing. Despite the enlarging number of parking spaces every year, parking-related concerns are not decreasing. Problems arise also because equipping the Old Town zone with the required number of parking facilities is becoming more complicated due to construction of new administrative and multi-apartment buildings. Cars parked or driving in this zone are an obstruction to both the residents and tourists, while the pedestrian streets most often are owned by pedestrians only formally.
The amendments to the requirements for the pedestrian traffic and car parking infrastructure have been made drawing on the experience of the EU states. An integrated approach to the solution of this problem is applied, involving the promotion of the use of alternative means of transport and the granting of more powers to municipalities.
Now a municipal council decision is sufficient for increasing, reducing or setting the maximum number of car parking places to be provided in separate zones of cities, and building pedestrian walkways, bike paths or other infrastructure instead of unequipped parking spaces. In addition, more flexibility has been provided to install the required car parking spaces, except for facilities for special transport and the disabled, outside the boundaries of the land plot of a building or group of buildings.