As per tradition, news service of “Sankt-Peterburg” TV station recalls the past year. And it was rich with events. Not only foreign politics shaped the landscape of news coverage in 2015. Life in the Northern Capital was bustling. Tragic and joyous, political and economic – here are 2015’s most important events as seen by the channel’s reporters.
Pavel Arkhipkin, reporter: “This year, 27 streets of St. Petersburg were made into paid parking zones. On September 3rd the paid parking zone became functional in the city. It is limited within Nevskiy and Ligovskiy, as well as at Kirochnaya street and Fontanka’s embankment. Drivers have been divided about the news. Some said it would solve the traffic situation in central city, others were unhappy with the fees.
An hour of parking costs 60 rubles for passenger vehicles. Drivers took some time to get used to the payment system. Pay stations had often malfunctioned. And those do not accept cash too, only credit cards. Another way to pay for the parking spot – via an app or a text message.
Witty drivers found ways to avoid payments. Some just concealed their license plates. But inspectors were allocated into the streets to fine violators. The government hopes to garner 450 million rubles a year from parking fees.
For now, the parking zone has 3000 spots. Next year this number may increase – the paid parking zone is expected to grow”