When I first moved to Paris, I couldn't even parallel park properly. If you can't parallel park in Paris, you may as well leave your car at home. So I quickly learn to be an expert at parallel parking and at parking anywhere and everywhere. (And at hooting and shouting at other drivers, but that's another story...) My car was only towed away once, which I think is not too bad considering I lived there for 6 years.
Here's an extract from an article in The Local about the amount of money Parisians are spending on bad parking:
" Fines from illegally parked cars in Paris are making a fortune for tow-truck companies and authorities - with a car getting towed every two minutes.
If you've ever walked the streets of Paris, you'll have seen the dodgy parking. Cars on pedestrian crossings, at intersections, even halfway down the steps of the Metro (in extreme cases).
In fact, there were a whopping 250,000 cars impounded in Paris last year alone, according to a report in Le Parisien newspaper on Wednesday.
This is a staggering figure, not least considering that other big cities in France like Lyon and Marseille only impound around 15,000 to 20,000 a year. "
Read the rest of the article here.
parallel park - park in the street between two other cars
be / get towed away - have your car pulled away by a truck because it's parked illegally
tow-truck - the truck that takes away badly parked cars, or cars that have broken down or been in an accident
dodgy - something that is not reliable or correct
whopping - huge
impounded - when your car is taken away because you have done something illegal with it, and you have to pay to get it back
staggering - unbelieveable, really amazing
And talking about Parisian parking, here is one of my favourite adverts from HSBC.
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