Pay to park at night

2015-08-11 06:00
Paid nighttime parking is back on the agenda for Long Street.

PHOTO: 
nicole mccain

Paid nighttime parking is back on the agenda for Long Street. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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A paid nighttime parking system for Long Street may hold the key to improving security on the busy street.

So believes ward councillor Dave Bryant, who plans to submit a formal motion at the upcoming Good Hope subcouncil meeting. The motion will request the City of Cape Town’s transport department to revisit a proposal for night parking in Long Street as a matter of urgency.

“We will then be guided by feedback from the transport department and the general public as to the way forward,” he explains.

Currently the parking marshals only work during the day, Bryant says.

“During the evenings the popular public parking spots are overtaken by informal car guards, some of whom are also engaged in illegal activities. I have received many complaints regarding informal car guards in Long Street threatening and intimidating car owners into handing over cash,” he says.

Although the crime rate in Long Street is much lower than many other parts of the city, there are regular complaints of pickpockets, muggers and drug-dealers who usually operate in the evenings and early mornings, Bryant says.

“Pickpockets tend to target tourists and drunk partygoers and often these incidents are not reported to the police,” he says.

However, the parking system is not aimed to be a cash cow, Bryant says.

“The previous system looked at introducing a once-off fee of between R10 and R15, which would cover the cost of parking in Long Street for an entire evening,” he says.

And a night parking system would also boost employment, Bryant believes.

“If the paid parking is implemented effectively it would increase vigilance along Long Street, displace some of those engaged in illegal activities and provide formal job opportunities for potential car parkers,” he says

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