Municipality to extend metered parking system area

2015-12-02 06:00
PHOTO: NQOBILE MTOLO The Msunduzi Municipality will expand its metered parking programme to others parts of the city.

PHOTO: NQOBILE MTOLO The Msunduzi Municipality will expand its metered parking programme to others parts of the city.

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METERED parking may be the answer to the downtown illegal parking mayhem as Msunduzi Municipality is to extend its metered parking system to other parts of the CDB.

For many years parts of Church, Retief, Pietermaritz Street, Masukwana and Hoosen Haffejee streets have had to put up with vehicles parking illegally there, resulting in traffic jams.

Msunduzi Municipality acting communications and marketing manager Nqobile Madonda said: “Not all the areas in the lower CBD are covered by parking meter assistants. Only the areas in Church Street and Langalibalele Street from Boshoff to East Street are covered daily. Traffic wardens enforce the law for the parking meter system and other offences related to the parking by-laws and the general by-laws. The parking meter system is in operation in Church and Langalibalele streets from Boshoff down to East Street and some side streets. There are different phases for expansion and will be communicated in due course,” said Madonda. When asked about the lack of traffic policing in the downtown area, Madonda said there are two traffic wardens who monitor the area during the early morning shift and late afternoon shift.

“Traffic wardens cover the area on foot and there are two wardens per shift,” she said.

Madonda said this year the municipality has collected R110 000 from metered parking.
“We are currently using this method to administer metered parking. If there are to be any changes to the current situation, such information will be communicated in due course.”

It costs R3 to park for 30 minutes in the CBD and R6 for an hour. Parking marshals receive 40% of the day’s takings. There are more than 120 parking metered assistants in the city.

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