Free parking for a while longer

2012-12-03 00:00

MOTORISTS in Pietermaritzburg have a few more weeks before having to pay for parking.

The pilot project, which was to have started on November 1, may only start in mid-December, or possibly only in the new year.

A full sitting of the council on Wednesday learnt that the service level agreement (SLA) with the company Panzascore, which won the bid to provide the parking meter services, had not yet been signed.

In addition, the city’s parking by-laws were still being changed. Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said once the by-laws had been adopted, the SLA would be signed.

The by-laws were to be advertised to allow for public comment.

Nkosi hoped the process would be completed so that the legislation could be passed by full council at its next sitting on December 12.

With the latest parking meter system, motorists will have to cough up rates of R5 and R6 an hour, depending on where in the city centre they park.

The new system uses marshals who will use hand-held devices to record the duration a car has parked in a bay.

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