CBD parking problem frustrates motorists

2017-09-06 06:02

CONCERNS have been raised regarding the lack of parking in the Pietermaritzburg CBD, which motorists and residents say, the Msunduzi Municipality has “turned a deaf ear to.”

This has apparently forced them to park illegally and they claim that Msunduzi SAPS officers also park illegally within the CBD.

Hayde Hutten said in 2014 she saw a traffic police vehicle parked outside a business in Victoria Road, while officers were buying lunch and last Wednesday she saw a police van do exactly the same thing.

“I was not surprised to see a traffic police vehicle parked illegally again because three years ago when I tried to confront the officers they told me to mind my own business.

“If the city traffic police themselves can’t obey the parking laws, I would like to know how the local traffic department management intends to reprimand motorists who do the same,” she said.

Hutten said it has become a habit for many drivers, especially taxi drivers, to park wherever they want and put their hazards on, even if it is in the middle of the road.

Another driver who spoke to Maritzburg Fever, but who did not want his name divulged, admitted he often parks illegally “because the city doesn’t have enough parking”.

“People park wherever they want because they know there are no consequences for their actions.

“If I want to go to a certain place in town and I find there is no parking, I park anywhere as long as I am not in the way of other cars.

“Something needs to be done about this parking problem and there must be consequences for those who park illegally, including myself.

“Receiving a ticket is nothing because most people do not pay it. They need to be punished for not obeying the road markings and signs.

“Traffic police also need to take action against the taxi drivers that park in the middle of the road as they wait for commuters to get in. It causes a traffic build-up,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha,said the traffic parking infringements occurs­ throughout the city of Pietermaritzburg.

“Due to the various constraints placed upon Public Safety [Traffic], action is taken against those offenders who park illegally and such action includes municipal vehicles that transgress the law.

“Currently, Public Safety [Traffic] is experiencing a challenge in that 15 of our 20 traffic wardens are undergoing a traffic officer’s course at the Department of Transport.

“Of the five who are left, one has resigned.

“[It is] agreed that with the four at our disposal we are not ‘touching sides’,” said Mafumbatha.

She said traffic officers are also used to enforce illegal parking, adding there is a lack of parking space.

“The employment of more traffic wardens is the way forward in alleviating the problem, that is, in terms of enforcement.”

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