Ponza and Palmarola: here’s the “parking fee” for boats


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A cove on the island of Ponza
A cove on the island of Ponza

Great news for boaters who are used to visiting the Pontine islands of Ponza and Palmarola with their boats. Starting this summer (on an experimental basis), in fact, the so-called“parking ticket” will come into effect. Here are all the details on how it works, who it is for and who is exempt.

The Stationing Ticket

The new tax, approved by a City Council resolution on April 27, will apply to all boats transiting Ponza and Palmarola waters from June 1 to Sept. 30 each year. Ticket payment can be made online via a smartphone app. The main objective is to limit the influx of nautical tourism during the busiest periods to safeguard the surrounding marine areas. Funds raised from the ticket payment will be used to improve environmental management services, such as waste collection, and conserve the archipelago’s natural areas.

Who has to pay and how much

The ticket is for all vessels, boats and ships transiting Ponza and Palmarola waters between June 1 and September 30. There are variable rates depending on the season and length of stay, although the amount charged is not yet known.
High season (July-August)
Low season (June and September)
15% reduction in daily rates when entering for 2 or more days in the same week or on a subscription basis

Exemptions and Facilitated Rates

Not everyone will be required to pay the parking fee. Different types of exemptions are provided for:
– Residents
– Property owners
– Guides and professional fishermen
-facilitated seasonal subscriptions for commercial activities.

What are the penalties for non-payment

In case of non-payment of the parking ticket, the prescribed penalty is ten times the amount to be paid for the ticket.

The new“parking tax” will attempt to regulate the phenomenon of nautical tourism, combining this with the need to protect and enhance the natural heritage of the islands of Ponza and Palmarola. While local residents and businesses will be eligible for exemptions and subsidized rates, casual boaters will have to adapt to this new regulation, which is experimental for now, and will take full effect for the 2025 summer season.

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