Paris brings in new parking fees for motorbikes and scooters

Owners of motorcycles and scooters will have to pay for their parking in Paris from September as part of the French capital’s ongoing project to “de-clutter public space [and] give it back to pedestrians.”

Paris brings in new parking fees for motorbikes and scooters
(Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP)

The new rules come into effect on Thursday, September 1st and concern motorbikes, mopeds and scooters.

Who has to pay?

Anyone who parks a motorbike, moped or a scooter with an internal combustion engine in public parking spaces within the Paris area has to pay.

Low-emission two-wheelers, such as electric scooters, can still park for free – however you will still need to register with the scheme. 

L1, L2, L3 and L5 vehicles are affected by the latest changes – check the registration document of your vehicle for information.

For reference, L4, L6 and L7 vehicles fall under the rates applicable to cars and small vans.

People with disabilities and home care professionals can, under certain conditions, park for free.

How much does it cost?

That depends on why you’re in Paris with a motorbike or scooter.

Those who live in Paris can pay to be part of a subscription scheme – at a cost of €22.50 a year, or €45 for three years. Membership of this scheme entitles you to park your motorbike or scooter on the street at a cost of €0.75 per day, and €4.50 per week. 

For those who commute into Paris on a motorbike or scooter, and then park in one place all day, the registration fee is €22.50 per year, and parking rates are fixed at €0.75 per hour.

Those who live in the Petit Couronne départements of Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, or Val-de-Marne and travel round Paris for work purposes using their motorbikes or scooters – so-called “mobile professionals” – face a €120 per year parking permit subscription and an hourly parking rate of €0.25.

Other motorbike or scooter users are considered to be visitors to the city. Hourly rates then vary by arrondissement. 

Zone 1 (1st to the 11th arrondissement): 1hr parking for €3 / 2hrs – €6 / 3hrs – €12 / 4hrs – €19.50 / 5hrs – €28.50 / 6hrs – €37.50

Zone 2 (12th to the 20th arrondissement): 1hr parking for €2 / 2hrs – €4 / 3hrs – €8 / 4hrs – €13 / 5hrs – €19 / 6hrs – €25

How do I apply for a permit?

Since June 27th, motorbike and scooter users have been able to apply for a resident pass via the France Connect platform, through a dedicated platform – here

Have supporting documents, namely your identity and proof of address, handy.

To pay for daily parking, you can use apps such as Paybyphone, Flowbird and ParkNow.

Where can I park?

Currently, Paris has about 42,000 spaces dedicated for two-wheeled vehicles, with another 4,000 to be created as part of the scheme. Motorcycle users can also use vacant car spaces if required.

What are the fines for non-payment?

Rates differ between light vehicles and two-wheelers. The fine for a six-hour parking ticket, now called FPS (forfait post-stationnement) is €37.50 for zone 1 (1st to the 11th arrondissement) and €25 for zone 2, (12th to the 20th arrondissement).

Dangerous parking fines are the same for motorbike users as for car users: €135.

Can more than one two-wheel vehicle park in one car space?

According to the city hall of the 11th district of the city “it is quite possible”. These are the parking strips that work. A two-wheeler can therefore park completely between two cars, as long as it leaves enough space for the car doors to open. Two-wheelers can also park in single file.

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Trains, ferries and schools: What to expect from France’s ‘general strike’ on Thursday

Unions are calling for a 'general strike' in France this week, demanding wage increases to cope with the cost of living. Here's how the strike action will affect services.

Trains, ferries and schools: What to expect from France's 'general strike' on Thursday

What are the demands?

The inter-union group that is organising the strike is calling for salaries to be indexed at a rate of at least 10 percent for civil servants. The government previously increased the rate by 3.5 percent, but unions say that this “falls short of the urgent need to raise all salaries” and “preserve living conditions of all.” 

As the mobilisation is across several sectors, there are more specific demands within each field, but most return to the question of the cost of living crisis.

When and where will mobilisation take place?

Industrial action will take place across the country on Thursday, September 29th.

How widespread will the mobilisation be?

The impact of French strikes all depends on one thing – union solidarity. 

There are many different unions in France and even within a single profession – for example train drivers – there are often five or six different unions representing staff. It’s only when all or most of the unions agree to strike on the same day that we usually see major disruption of the kind that brought transport in the country to a standstill in late 2019.

The unions participating in Thursday’s action are; CGT, Solidaries and FSU.

There will also be notable absences, including the union FO (Force Ouvrière) who said they are not interested in marching alongside political parties. The union Unsa will also not take place in industrial action this Thursday. 

France’s largest union the CFDT will also be absent, with the head of the union, Laurent Berger, telling AFP: “Who is going to believe that it is because you are all going to demonstrate together in Paris that this is going to settle the question (of wages)? It is company by company, professional branch by professional branch that we must act.”

This suggests that disruption will be more limited, although it’s likely that some services will be worse-hit than others.

Which sectors will be impacted?

The industrial action will primarily impact a few sectors, such as transport, education, and civil servants. 


SNCF – Railway unions are calling on SNCF employees to take part in the strike, which is likely to mean that some services will be cancelled. Train traffic forecasts (TGV, Ouigo, TER, Intercité, Transilien and international lines) will be available 24 hours before the strike. 

Urban transport – City transport networks (buses, streetcars, metros) could be impacted both by striking drivers and by route detours linked to demonstrations. To know the traffic forecasts, check the website of your transport service.

Paris – As for Paris public transport operator RATP, workers represented by the CGT union will take part in the strike, although workers represented by other unions will not. On September 19th, CGT RATP published a strike notice that “covers all staff in all categories and in all services from Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 10 pm until Friday, September 30th 2022 at 7 am.” RATP will publish a revised strike timetable 24 hours before the strike.

Truck drivers –  Some truck drivers will stop work. The road transport federation of SUD Solidaires is calling on its members and truck drivers to join Thursday’s actions. However, it should be noted that the SUD Solidaires union does not have a majority in the “road haulage collective agreement” and is not part of the mandatory annual negotiations.

Maritime traffic – The CGT national federation of ports and docks is calling for a four-hour work stoppage. The hours will vary from port to port. In Marseille, for example, workers will walk out from 9 am to 1 pm, thus maritime traffic could be impacted. Ferry passengers should check with their operator.


Several teachers’ unions (SNES FSU, SNUipp-FSU, SUD Education) have published strike notices on their websites.

For pre-schools (maternelles) and primary schools, teachers must declare themselves as strikers ahead of time, so parents should be aware prior to Thursday. In each case, parents will be contacted by the school if classes are going to be closed. 

Extracurricular activities, cafeterias and crèches – Services managed by the cities such as school cafeterias, extracurricular activities and day care centres could also be impacted, as civil servants represented by the three unions listed above were called to mobilise. To know the disruptions that will impact you or your child specifically, you can contact your local mairie (city hall).

Public servants

Civil servants (fonctionnaires) were called to participate in the strike, which could have an impact on some public services. Healthcare workers are also staging industrial action, although in their case this will involve demonstrations rather than walking out of work. 

Refinery workers 

Finally, some refinery workers employed by TotalEnergies will walk out on Thursday, as they seek salary increases, as well as the “unfreezing of hiring” and “a massive investment plan” in France. 

They will also be staging a blockade at certain refineries to prevent fuel leaving – the main sites to be affected will be the La Mède biorefinery (Bouches-du-Rhône), the Normandy refinery in Le Havre, Donges (Loire-Atlantique), Carling (Moselle), Feyzin (Rhône) and Oudalle (Seine-Maritime), as well as the fuel depots in Grandpuits (Seine-et-Marne) and Flandres (Nord).


On Thursday there will also be marches and demos held in around 200 towns and cities in France.

The largest is likely to be in Paris, where between 3,000 and 6,000 demonstrators are expected in the march which sets off at 2pm from Denfert-Rochereau in the direction of Bastille. 

Other strike days coming up 

On October 16th, the leftist party La France Insoumise has called on all political and trade union forces on the left to mobilise. However, as of September 27th, CGT said it would not participate in such action.

Additionally, there have been calls for industrial action in the early childhood (nurseries) sector scheduled for October 6th.