Market the target for road hogs

2017-08-29 06:01
There shall be no more traffic violation at the Old Biscuits Mill parking lot.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

There shall be no more traffic violation at the Old Biscuits Mill parking lot.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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A Woodstock ward councillor appointed himself “boetebessie” last weekend to find bad motorists.

Dave Bryant joined forces with the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services searching for violations of traffic bylaws by the motorists at the Old Biscuit Mill Market in Woodstock on Saturday 19 August.

This was one of his attempts to address ongoing challenges relating to traffic in and around the market, mostly experienced on weekends. He says he aims to create better and safer parking in this area.

During the operation, he says, Traffic Services officials issued 53 fines to motorists parking on yellow lines and in disabled parking bays.

Bryant says: “A further 45 fines were issued to drivers who failed to produce their motor vehicle licenses. Traffic Services will be increasing their efforts over the coming weeks and urges road users to be aware of the traffic bylaws. I would encourage residents to report any bylaw contraventions to our Law Enforcement hotline on 021 596 1999 for immediate attention.”

He says the issues negatively impact businesses as customers struggle to find parking spots. “A large number of customers are attracted to the popular and vibrant market each week but with limited parking space inside the facility, many members of the public resort to parking on the street around the market. This has given rise to much disruption on the roads as well as increased congestion. Ongoing issues include double parking by loading vehicles, taxi drivers and other motorists parking on red and yellow lines, in front of local homes and challenges with aggressive and abusive car guards.”

He says the market has become well known, so it is important for officials to work together to improve the surrounding traffic for the benefit of visitors and ­residents.

Richard Coleman, spokesperson of Traffic Services, confirms the relationship between Bryant and the City, saying: “The area of the Old Biscuit Mill receives regular attention from the City’s Traffic Service and offenders are fined for any illegal parking offences.”

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