Beirut’s governor Ziad Chbib issued new parking tariffs for Beirut yesterday which were distributed as follows:
Blue Zone (Qoreitem, Manara, Ras Beirut, Serail, Raouche, Bab Idriss, Minet el Hosn): 3000 to 7000 LL
Green Zone (Mousseitbeh, Tallet el Khayyat, Wata): 3000 to 6000 LL
Yellow Zone (Achrafieh, Mar Mikhail, Hekmeh, Sioufi, Hotel Dieu, Mar Elias, Unesco): 2500 to 4000 LL
Red Zone (Bachoura, Mazraa, Tarik Jdeide, Bourj Abi Haidar): 2500 to 4000 LL
It’s definitely a good initiative but one that will be impossible to implement because of Valet Parking companies, especially in Beirut. When valet people book all the park meter spots and take over parking lots, they will simply tell customers there are no spots left and force them to give their cars to the valet and pay a minimum of 5000 LL. The only thing that needs regulation in Beirut and outside it are valet companies.
On another note, who do we report violations to? Do I call the ISF at 11 PM and tell them the parking guy made me pay 4000 LL instead of 3000 LL?
I’m sure the governor has good intentions but we all saw how his decision to ban illegally placed election posters was widely ignored. In fact, there are still posters hanging all over Beirut up until now, including those of the current municipality.
People should refrain from using valet parking service and instead park and walk.
Why do you think this is a good measure ? Are parking tarrifs getting reduced ? If not this another way for the government to rip us off and make more money for themselves without any real benefits for the people. The valet is a problem of our own making because we are too lazy and prestigious to walk a couple of meters. I never give my car to the valet because of the risk of them damaging my car and I know people who gave their car to the valet only to find out they have received a fine because of an illegal parking spot. I truly hope also that if any new parking meters are going to be put in place they would get destroyed.
Yes they were being reduced. A lot of parkings charge 5000 or 6000 just randomly even for 30 minutes. The valet is not a different problem. Valet parking companies are acquiring the parking lots where the new tariffs should apply and they control who goes in or not.
How is the government ripping us off if they aren’t the ones getting the money? This is a good measure because it prevents parkings from overcharging.
Reporting violations of these tariffs is handled by the ministry of economy’s “7emayat al moostahlik” as is everything that involves you as a moostahlik from resturants to gas stations.