The point and purpose of having variable parking charges is so that folk use a parking space for as long as they’re willing to pay for it then move on, freeing it up:
Whether for 10 minutes or a whole day, it now costs a flat fee of €50 (£43) to park in certain streets in The Hague, including roads around the popular Scheveningen beach.
The pilot scheme in the Dutch city on the North Sea coast, which will last a year, aims to discourage tourists and visitors from blocking up the historic centre and seaside roads, particularly on sunny days.
Residents have for years complained that they cannot find a parking space in the centre of the city and at Scheveningen, which the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, visited on Thursday.
To try to change this, the city is making it as expensive to park for a quick stop as for a whole day.
That means that the price is the same for 11 minutes and 23 hours and 49 minutes. Reducing the incentive to free up parking space after it has been used for anything between 11 minutes and 23 hours and whatever minutes.
The incentives there do the opposite of what is intended.