Foreign students make very little use of the free parking facility in Randwijck and only a small number of them applied for a student parking permit (5 euros per month, residents pay 3.50) for districts around the city centre.
Instead, they prefer to park their cars just outside the paid parking zones. To the great annoyance of the inhabitants of the areas in the West and South of Maastricht, who see their streets filling up with (mainly) German cars left for long periods of time. The city council and the university think they should communicate better on this issue.
This conclusion was drawn during University Council's Internationalisation & Strategy committee last week, also attended by alderman Albert Nuss. The city council issued 97 parking permits to foreign students for the districts Brusselsepoort, Mariaberg, Villapark and Noorderbrug last year. A total of 325 permits had been reserved for students. In spite of the lack of interest, the city council has decided to continue with the project. The pressure on available parking places is too great in certain areas.
Maybe the city council could hand out a parking brochure to students when they register in the city, the chairman of the committee, Novum member Constanze Müller, proposed. Maybe we should join forces and share information specifically for students, said Executive President Martin Paul. Nuss thought that this was a good idea. “Combine that with information about free parking on the university premises in Randwijck,” Eric Klekamp, director of general and technical services, added. Many students who live in the city are believed to think that the parking places in Randwijck are too far away. Unbelievable, Paul feels. “You get a free parking space, isn't that great? You take your bicycle to go into the city. It is not that far. This is not Los Angeles.”