DENMARK – INTRODUCTION OF A 25-HOUR PARKING LIMIT ON STATE REST AREA FROM 1 JULY 2018

From 1 July 2018, Denmark is introducing a time-limited parking obligation for lorries, according to which they can park for a maximum of 25 hours at the state-owned rest areas on the motorway network. The non-respect of the time-limited parking obligation will be accompanied by higher fines for lorries that exceed the time-limit or park illegally on the state and municipal roads, as well as on ramps and off ramps. The overall level of fines for illegal parking will be raised from DKK 510 to approximately DKK 2,000, while fines on ramp and exit ramps will be raised from DKK 1,000 to approx. DKK 3,000.

With the new Finance Law Agreement, separate means have been allocated for the effective enforcement of the parking restriction that the Road Directorate will take over from the police. Yet, it will continue to be the police who will be in charge of the control of parking on and off highways, and it will remain the responsibility of the police to enforce the ban on taking a 45-hour rest in the cabin.
This new rule on time-limited parking obligation is expected to come into force on 1 July 2018. Fines however will still need to be introduced by a legislative amendment, which is expected to come into force on 1 January 2019.

More information in the Danish language only can be found at: https://www.trm.dk/da/nyheder/2018/tidsbegraenset-parkering-for-lastbiler-paa-rastepladser.