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Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Cape Town scraps night-time parking charges bid

Night-time parking charges in the CBD, Claremont, Observatory, Camps Bay and Strand have been scrapped from the Cape Town's proposed three-year parking management tender which will come into effect in July.

In March, the city initiated a public participation process on the new parking tender which would also see more than 3 300 bays introduced.

But the city has decided against introducing parking charges in Athlone, Camps Bay, Green Point, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Gordon's Bay, Simonstown and Strand Beach Road.

Instead time restrictions will be implemented.

Night-time parking charges were proposed to ensure parking availability in areas with a high demand after hours and as a move to improve security.

But the Mayco member for transport, roads and stormwater, Brett Herron, said the proposal had been scrapped following "strong resistance" from the public.

Herron said seasonal parking charges would also be scrapped for Strand Beach as this was the only beach area where people were being charged.

Also during the public participation process, 33.3 percent of the respondents said the parking tariff of R11 an hour in the CBD was too high.

But Herron said the city was not looking to alter the tariff. "As long as we are managing the parking demand appropriately, we will not be likely to change the tariffs."

The current parking management contract is run on a month-to-month basis by three companies: Street Parking Solutions, Numque 20 CC and ACE Parking Services.

The new three-year tender will be advertised later this year.

Herron said parking charges also ensured that there was always a 15 percent vacancy of bays to accommodate demand.

Cape Times

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