The conversion of parking spaces into paid spaces is based on the City of Helsinki’s policy to convert all long-term free parking spaces in and around the city center into paid spaces.

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THE FREE 24-HOUR parking lot at the Neste gas station on Sörnäisten rantatie has become a paid parking lot. It was one of the few places near Helsinki center where you could park for free for long periods.

At least 100 parking spaces will be affected by the change.

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Since the parking spaces are located in zone two, parking there now costs two euros per hour.

According to Parking Supervisor Patrick Wikblad, it is expected that many drivers will be fined before people eventually notice a change like this.

You can be fined between 60 and 80 euros for parking in the wrong place in Helsinki. You have 30 days to pay the fine. The fine is enforceable without the need for a separate decision.

The conversion of parking spaces into paid spaces is based on the City of Helsinki’s policy to convert all long-term free parking spaces in and around the city center into paid spaces. The city has perceived it unfair as free parking was available in some areas and not in others.

The city is also trying to reduce unnecessary parking.

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