Outrage over fines for parking in ‘designated bays’

2014-08-06 00:00

DOWNTOWN business owners were outraged yesterday when new traffic wardens started issuing parking fines.

The wardens were issuing R300 fines to people apparently parked on a barrier line in Thomas Street, but business owners said the cars were in designated bays.

Mohamed Amod, owner of Kitchen and Stuff, said he tried to tell the wardens they were fining people on a painted-over, red no-stopping line that had re-emerged as the black paint covering it faded.

“The biggest confusion lies with the new recruits because they don’t know which are designated parking bays, but they are quick to issue fines,” he said.

Amod said they should get a map for streets like Thomas, Knipe and Langalibalele so they know exactly what they are doing.

He said the wardens did not listen even when shown the sign indicating parking bays.

Afzal Khan, owner of Capital Gold, said: “Traffic attendants were only interested in revenue generation and so they do not even check if indeed it is a parking bay or not.”

Khan said there is a faded white road demarcation line indicating a parking bay, but wardens are only interested in the old red barrier line.

Businessmen even approached former minister of communications and ANC MP Yunus Carrim, who was walking along Thomas Street, informing him about their parking problems.

Carrim gave them his e-mail and cellphone number and told them that he would write to the mayor and municipal manager.

“But this will be a process,” he said before continuing his walk.

Yasmin Saanglae, a fashion designer, said she would not pay the R300 fine for parking in a designated parking bay.

Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the matter had come to his attention but he needed to investigate it.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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