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Pay parking to find a place in Athens

Frustrated Athenian drivers will be introduced to yet another parking scheme after Easter aimed at restoring some order to the capital’s streets, the City of Athens said yesterday. The plan will initially involve the setting up of 5,000 parking spaces in Psyrri, Plaka, Kolonaki and the heart of the city’s commercial district. Drivers will be required to pay by purchasing a scratch card but will be able to pay by mobile phone at a later date. The initial cost will be 1 euro for each of the first two hours, with third hour will set drivers back 4 euros. Residents will pay 10 euros for a parking space per year while other groups, such as the disabled, will park for free. The scheme is expected to raise 44 to 46 million euros for the City of Athens over the next five years.