When driving a car, you should also know what to pay attention to when parking.
You can park in a parking area, a parking lot situated on private land, or in a commercial parking area situated on public territory.
Parking lots that are situated on private land and commercial parking areas that are on public territory are required to have a clear and comprehensive information board at their entrance, so that you could read what kind of a parking space it is.
It is important to know that once you drive into a private land parking lot, you have agreed to the terms and conditions established by the owner of the parking lot (you agree to enter into a contract).
If you do not adhere to the terms and conditions of a private land parking lot, the owner of the parking lot has the right to demand a contractual penalty from you, if that condition has been written on information board at the entrance of the parking lot. A contractual penalty is a contractual obligation of a contact party who has failed to fill the conditions of a contract, which entails that they have to pay a certain sum (established in the contract) to the injured Party.
In the case of a commercial parking area on public territory, the rates, discounts and exemptions of parking fees are established by the Local Government Council whose administrative territory includes the parking lot.
On private land, the rates, discounts and exemptions of parking fees are established by the company who organises parking.
Instructions for parking a motor vehicle
- When driving into a parking lot, determine whether it is a free-of-charge parking area, a parking lot on private land, or a commercial parking area on public territory.
- Determine if and how long you are allowed to park a vehicle in the parking lot for free.
- If you have a parking clock, mark your starting time of parking on it. If you do not have a parking clock, mark your starting time of parking with a written note.
- Place the parking clock or written note with the start time of parking on your car’s windscreen or dashboard in a way that the markings on the clock or contents of the note would be clearly visible from outside of the vehicle.
- Keep in mind that the payment of a parking fee is documented with a paper or electronic parking permit, a ticket from a parking meter, a duly marked single parking ticket, or a confirmation from a mobile network operator about having made a motor vehicle parking payment in a certain commercial parking area.
If a dispute arises between you and a parking lot owner,
- file a complaint to the Consumer Protection Board, if you used a parking lot situated on private land;
- submit a challenge to the local government, or file a complaint to the court if you parked on public territory at a commercial parking area.
This Information is copied from https://www.tarbijakaitseamet.ee/en/consumer/parking