PARKING fines imposed in the ORA (restricted parking) areas of Palma dropped 17.43 percent last year with only 146'951 being imposed, the Palma councillor for Traffic and Transport, Carlos Veramendi, said yesterday. Veramendi attributed this drop to the “civic attitude” of Palma citizens and the progressive acceptance of underground car parks where you are required to pay. He added that the tickets given for driving offences were also down by 18.99 percent with the 30'968 imposed in 2004 becoming 25'088 in 2005.
The councillor for Traffic also said that the council was studying the extension of the restricted parking zones to Calle Blanquerna and Calle 31 de Diciembre and the streets in the vicinity; the Avenida de San Fernando, to get better access to the shops, and the area of Francisco Sancho and Perez Galdos, in line with requests from the residents. He added that the council will decide whether to put these in place during the first quarter of the year, when feasibility studies have been completed.