Nicosia municipality said on Wednesday it had created 200 new parking slots around the periphery of the city centre in a joint move with property owners.
The extra parking can be found on Simonidou, on the corner of Alasias and Zenon Sozou, on Agapinor, Pente Pingadion, Charalambous Mouskos and Markos Drakos.
Parking in these areas will be provided for 12 hours at a cost of €2, the municipality said.
As of next Monday for residents and workers within municipal boundaries, parking charges will be levied at 2009 levels despite the increase in VAT from 15 per cent to 19 per cent.
Parking meters will be free on Saturdays from noon until Mondays at 7am and every evening after 7pm.
Free parking for vehicles bearing disabled stickers and press stickers will continue, as will free parking for residents with hybrid or electric vehicles.
Also on Monday next, the new upgrades to the D’Avila, Tripoli and Ledra municipal parking areas will come into effect, including the new security measures.
Electronic gates and CCTV and 24-hour security are the main features of the changes.