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    I do not trust "revenue police" in the USA, or anywhere else. Not exactly the "brightest bulbs" being assigned authority which is not earned, just assigned, so abuse of power is a temptation. Couple that with the "boot" policy and that seals it for me. Never again will I take a rental car downtown....never.....never....never. I'm actually going to cancel a car rental reservation that I had made for December later today. I don't mind paying to park....but booting a car after 15 minutes is beyond ignorant.

    And shame on the idiot bureaucrats who came up with a 15 minute "boot" policy. That could cause some real ugly scenes and puts the "revenue police" in a very difficult, and even dangerous, position.
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    I agree, RobO.
    The "boot" and the towing is completely over the top! It will cause a lot of stress for everyone who has to deal with it.

    There will be 16 "parking police/guards" on bicycles controlling if the time of a parked car is up. IMO, those people should be used as guards/police to protect people and prevent real crime!

    In addition, all those parking machines, the towing truck and the salary for the people hired for the parking situation cost quite some money! IMO, it's a waste. That money could be used to make tourists' and locals' lives easier by providing a service they need! Like security!

    For comparison, I looked up the fines for extended parking in Germany. There are no "boots" or towing vehicles away just because the time on the parking meter has been expired!

    Parken an einer abgelaufenen Parkuhr, ohne vorgeschriebene Parkscheibe, ohne Parkschein oder unter Überschreiten der erlaubten Höchstparkdauer
    ...bis zu 30 Minuten (up to 30 min) 10 €
    ...bis zu 1 Stunde (up to 1 hour) 15 €
    ...bis zu 2 Stunden (up to 2 hours) 20 €
    ...bis zu 3 Stunden (up to 3 hours) 25 €
    ...über 3 Stunden (more than 3 hours) 30 €

    https://www.bussgeldkatalog.org/halten-parken/

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    so NO to credit card payments

    CK or anyone that has the link where is the link to "the boot" information ?
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    That's a sign!

    Some more info:

    Each parking spot has a fee of Awg 2,- per hour and can be paid at the machines installed closest to you spot. It can however be recharged at any other machine using the parking space number you are currently parked in. (This probably explains why the person in the video, using the machine, pushed so many buttons!)

    Tourists can pay either with coins in local currency or in Usd $ coins. We also have the option of buying a smartcard at our office and recharge some money on it if needed. They cost Awg 15, - and have an Awg 10,- balance for parking already. Regarding the postpaid would be very difficult because they can jump into the car and run of without any consequences. Our machines are on a network and can be recharged from any other machine which is closer to you at that specific time. You do not have to walk back to the original machine you paid in the first place.

    Hours of operation for the parking machines: 7 a.m to 7 p.m.
    Some exceptions: bestuurskantoor (?) and area around Royal Plaza: 7 a.m to 11 p.m.

    There is a 15 minutes grace period. After that, a "boot" will be attached to the vehicle and the fine is AFL 75.
    After three hours, the vehicle will be towed by Airbus company to Sabana Blanco, towing cost is AFL 150.
    (If I understand it right, the fine of AFL 75 PLUS the towing costs of AFL 150 will apply, a total of AFL 225!)

    A day pass parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is available and costs AFL 25.

    A "Work permit" for businesses is available and costs AFL 75 per week. (Requires paperwork).

    The office of Aruparking is located at Wilhelmina straat # 13. (The smartcard can be bought there).


    https://www.facebook.com/Aruparking/..._comment_reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    so NO to credit card payments

    CK or anyone that has the link where is the link to "the boot" information ?
    Andrea, here is the article (in Papiamento) with a picture of the "boot":

    http://www.bondia.com/?q=node%2F41178


    There is also some explanation about the "boot" on their FB:

    Tuma nota cu na e sitionan marca y cu tin parkeermeters, cu despues cu bo tempo caduca bo tin un tempo di 15 minuut pa recarga. Si den 15 minuut bo no a recarga, lo pone un klem na e auto. Esaki tin un multa di 75 florin cu ne. Si despues di 3 ora Aruparking no a ricibi un reaccion di e doño di e vehiculo lo pasa mesora pa takel e auto cu e costo adicional di 150 florin.

    https://www.facebook.com/Aruparking?fref=ts

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    thanks

    the boot thing seals the deal for me too.

    when heading downtown, we'll cab it.
    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Andrea, here is the article (in Papiamento) with a picture of the "boot":

    http://www.bondia.com/?q=node%2F41178


    There is also some explanation about the "boot" on their FB:

    Tuma nota cu na e sitionan marca y cu tin parkeermeters, cu despues cu bo tempo caduca bo tin un tempo di 15 minuut pa recarga. Si den 15 minuut bo no a recarga, lo pone un klem na e auto. Esaki tin un multa di 75 florin cu ne. Si despues di 3 ora Aruparking no a ricibi un reaccion di e doño di e vehiculo lo pasa mesora pa takel e auto cu e costo adicional di 150 florin.

    https://www.facebook.com/Aruparking?fref=ts

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    Wow!! And Wow!! So, if you want to go to one of the restaurants by the Renaissance Suites parking lot, you are going to have to pay a fee or get the boot?? We are one of the many loyal Aruba visitors and have been coming to Aruba several times a year since the 1970's and this is one of the most outrageous things the Aruba government has ever done. This is going to be a big turn off to Aruba tourists!
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    FREE PARKING -- we want to advise all customers of Hopi Bon Grill and any other restaurants at the Renaissance Marketplace, you are allowed to park for free after showing your receipt of Afl 12.50 or more at the exit gate. At the entrance gate, just inform guard your restaurant destination.

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    Thanks Liz, that is good to know. However, this new parking few is another way of the government getting more revenue besides the additional tax that was recently added.
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    here is something that was on one of the Renaissance's FB page (Ocean Suites) thanks Cindy O for manning that particular FB page



    Paid Parking in Downtown
    Parking Stations have been installed in downtown Oranjestad. Starting today there is a hourly charge of 2 florins ($1.15 US) to park from 7 am-7 pm. In the area of Royal Plaza Mall paid parking hours are from 7 am-11 pm. Parking spaces are numbered. If you are not in the area where the vehicle is parked when time runs out, you can recharge any parking station machine.
    After 1 hour if the meter hasn’t been recharged, there is a 15 minute grace period. After the 15 mins a “boot” put on the vehicle and there will be a fine of AFL 75 (approx 42.85 US). After three hours, the vehicle will towed by Arubus and another fine and towing charges will incur.
    Guests of Renaissance Marina Resort will park at the Renaissance Ocean Suites parking lot. They can take the golf cart shuttle from the Ocean Suites to the Marina Resorts. There will be some type of ID given to the guests at the 2 resorts to put in the vehicle to identify that they are guests of the Resort.

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    now is the royal plaza mall the one where Iquana Joe's is? and the other part, is that where the parking is across from Renaissance by boats on street side & on the side of it?

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