The parking arrangement for foreign students who commute to Maastricht every day has been temporarily suspended. The parking permits for areas around the city centre are likely be issued from 1 December, or as soon as the Maastricht city council has given its approval for the permanent regulation.
The trial project that started in September last year and attracted 97 students, expired at the end of July 2011. Early this year, there were already rumours that the project would be extended after the summer. An important reason for the delayed reintroduction – not on 1 September when classes started again, but 1 December – was because the Mayor and Aldermen wanted to replace the trial regulation by a permanent one. This meant that the city council lawyers had to draw up a new parking by-law, which then had to be put on the city council agenda for approval. All of which takes time.
At the moment, a little more than one hundred students have registered for a parking permit (5 euros per month, while residents pay 3.50) for Brusselsepoort, Mariaberg, Villapark or the Noorderbrug. They will get their permits as soon as the city council has given its approval, says Jo Haesen, who is responsible for the student parking project on behalf of the UM. Anyone who is interested (there are 325 places available), please report to firstname.lastname@example.org.