Barcelona gets ‘DUM’ areas for loading and unloading

17/03/2015 - 14:15


Following the success of the pilot scheme in Passeig de Gràcia, the rest of the city will now see newly regulated areas for Distribució Urbana de Mercaderies (DUM), for the loading and unloading of goods.

The designation of roughly 9,000 parking places as DUM areas aims to update and improve the management of loading/unloading zones, helping them to be used properly and also increasing mobility and building in mobile phone technology solutions. An estimated 45,000 parking manoeuvres take place in these zones each day.

On 1 July, the DUM area will be obligatory. The use of parking disks will no longer be valid and drivers will have to use the DUM app or SMS to be able to park. Up until then, both systems will be in operation simultaneously. A total of 2,500 vertical DUM signs will be installed across the city.

The free DUM app is available for both Android and iPhone devices, and includes a system of warnings to help drivers avoid fines. To use the app, previous registration is required using a smart phone or the web. When parking, the user has to input the vehicle number plate and the app will identify the vehicle’s exact location. Next, an information screen detailing the time slots and conditions for the zone will appear and the user can park. When leaving, the user must choose the ‘end parking’ option. More details on how the app works can be found here.

The app represents a step towards the concept of smart city via the use of new technologies. The roll out of the DUM areas comes within the framework of the Pla de mobilitat urbana (PMU) and aims to improve the urban distribution of goods thanks to more efficient management of loading and unloading practices in the city.