As of yesterday, management of parking spaces on both sides of the entrance to the Perast has been taken on by private hotel company Conte.
Parking booths are now displaying new prices, with a day ticket for a car now costing five euros, and 24-hour-parking 15 euros. Day tickets for buses now cost 20 euros.
Dissatisfied locals have been speaking out, saying that the prices are inappropriate and that they won’t solve the parking problem.
Besides the high parking costs, they highlighted the unresolved issues of preferential parking for locals and their guests, as nearly everyone is now in the business of apartment lettings.
One local, who preferred to remain anonymous, was disappointed with the new situation, saying that tourists renting an apartment in Perast for four days would, according to the new pricing, have to pay an utterly unreasonable 60 euros for public parking, although Public Enterprise Sea Property promised that the car park would remain public as it has been until now.
He added that it was unrealistic that a tourist visiting Perast for one hour should pay the same 5 euro fee as those who stayed for a whole day.
Locals stated that they had been intensively discussing a possible blockade of the vehicle route bypassing Perast in protest, until a suitable solution for all can be found with the new leaseholder and relevant authorities.