Pay-parking to be extended

The recently introduced pay-parking system in central Athens will be expanded into adjoining areas while adjustments will be made to spaces allocated to local residents to better meet demand, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis told Kathimerini yesterday. The measure will be extended as current indications show that it has helped to improve traffic conditions, Kaklamanis said. In coming months, the pay-parking system will expand by some 5,500 parking spots and will include Ambelokipi and the area around the US Embassy. Official data shows that kiosks sell on a daily basis some 12,000 parking cards, each costing 1 euro, while the number of fines issued each day has begun to fall. Policing of the measure was strict from when it was introduced in November. «I am not hinting that there will be any restriction of policing, as we all understand that only with policing can the parking system work,» Kaklamanis added.

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