Copenhagen and Aarhus struggling with illegally parked cars

Venstre and Socialdemokraterne suggest to tow the cars away

Aarhus and Copenhagen Municipality struggle with a large number of illegally parked cars, whose owners repeatedly ignore parking rules and do not pay their fines.

The problem has gotten worse since last September, when the tax minister, Karsten Lauritzen, decided to replace Skat’s old IT system with a new one that is expected to be adopted first in 2019.

In the meantime, the collection of parking fines has been put more or less on hold, reports Berlingske.

As a result, Aarhus and Copenhagen are experiencing that an increasing number of motorists deliberately park illegally and fail to pay fines.

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More parking spaces needed
In response to their pleas, Venstre and Socialdemokraterne are now proposing the use of stricter measures such as wheel locks or towing illegally parked cars away.

“We are ready to discuss with the local authorities as to whether there is a need to give them more instruments to deal with illegal parking,” Kristian Pihl Lorentzen, the transport spokesman for Venstre, told Berlingske.

Creating more parking spaces would be a better solution, contends Kim Christiansen, the transport spokesman for Dansk Folkeparti.

“The only way you can get a parking space in Copenhagen is if you have an electric car or a disability,” Christiansen remarked.