Municipalities collect record amounts for parking

Municipalities across Denmark raised a record amount of parking funds in 2021, according to a new report from the Federation of Danish Motorists (FDM).

FDM figures showed that nearly one billion crowns (994,788.475) were raised by municipalities through paid parking, resident permits and parking fines.

“We are back to normal conditions and the curve is only going up, as it has since we started collecting numbers from municipalities,” said FDM chief consultant Dennis Lange.

This figure is around 100 million crowns higher than in 2020 and 26% higher than in 2014.

As expected, Copenhagen led the way, accounting for more than 629 million crowns of total parking revenue.

Aarhus was second with almost 100 million crowns, followed by Frederiksberg (around 80 million), Aalborg (around 40 million) and Odense (around 32 million).

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Expansion of paid parking areas
According to FDM, 26 of the country’s 98 municipalities have paid parking solutions, while 56 have parking control measures in place.

Nearly three-quarters of municipal parking-related revenue comes from car owners who pay to park.

“It’s a huge change because funds from paid parking typically make up two-thirds of overall revenue,” Lange said.

“This is thanks to the expansion of paid parking areas, which we have seen in the municipalities of Aarhus and Esbjerg.”

Besides the two municipalities mentioned above, an increase in revenue from paid parking was also observed in Odense, Ringsted, Roskilde and Frederiksberg.

At the same time, considerable decreases were observed in Køge and Kolding.

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