Cape Town drivers can now be fined R300 if they exceed the time limit of CBD on-street parking bays.
According to reports, the City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate has urged drivers to stick to the time restrictions in CBD parking bays as business in the CBD increases. The City says with the move to level 1, traffic in the city has increased and therefore the time limits are becoming more important.
Starting on 12 October, the City’s Transport Enforcement unit will be monitoring the overstaying of vehicles in on-street parking bays. Time limits in these bays are between 30 to 60 minutes.
Felicity Purchase, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport said, “We cannot allow commuters to use public parking bays all day long as it is now having an impact on the local businesses within the inner city whose customers simply cannot find parking in the area.”
“In order to assist businesses in the CBD to revive and recover from the Covid-19 lockdown period, we need to ensure that their customers can find parking within the inner city to access the shops; restaurants; doctor’s rooms and offices of professional services based in the CBD,”
Purchase said drivers needing all-day parking should make use of the parking spaces at the edge of the CBD or rent parking in privately operated parking garages. She continued saying, “The MyCiTi buses also offer a reliable, safe and scheduled service to get around the CBD and to and from these parking areas,”.
Parking wardens who will be monitoring bays daily will be visible throughout the CBD during core business hours.
The main transgressions will be the overstaying of allowable time permitted by bays, and the illegal use of exclusive-use bays – for example, parking in drop-and-go bays; parking in bays for those with special needs without a permit, or parking in loading bays.
Paid parking in the city’s on-street bays has been delayed until further notice.
The new parking management contract will reportedly be implemented in February 2021.