Initiative Says No To Paid Parking Because City Is Considered Public


06.18.2014 17:50

The civic initiative “Get Out of Our Pocket” will pursue the
implementation of their demands related to the fines for traffic
violations, speed sensors, and paid parking spaces, said initiative
members Armen Manvelyan and Artashes Misakyan, speaking to reporters
outside the government building today.

The initiative’s four main demands are to eliminate the newly
introduced paid public parking spaces, to lower by five times the fines
for traffic violations caught by speed sensors and CCTV cameras, to
cancel the penalties accrued for failing to make payments on previously
recorded violations, and to freeze the use of CCTV cameras and speed
sensors for fining drivers, leaving this function to the road police
until a new, acceptable procedure is adopted.

According to Manvelyan, all those decisions by the police and Yerevan
City Hall, to lower from September the fine amounts caught by speed
sensors, as well as making the previously free 5 minutes to free 15
minutes of parking, have nothing to do with their demands.

Misakyan, in turn, said such moves are a temporary illusion: the only
solution for them would be the removal of the red lines outlining
the new paid parking spaces.

“Why should we have to pay to park in our city? It is considered public
property. The ruling authorities can talk a lot, but let us agree on
this: we appointed them to serve the interests of the people,” he said.

Members of the initiative said they will present their four demands
during the vehicle procession “of civil disobedience” to take place

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