CBD parkingmeter mystery

2015-08-13 06:00

HIBISCUS Coast Municipality introduced parking meters in the Port Shepstone CBD not long ago, but all of a sudden some have been removed.

The current service provider, ItraMAS­ Corporation Africa, was appointed in November 2013 and the meters were supposed to have been rolled out to other Hibiscus towns, but this never took place as planned.

It is currently unclear whether ItraMAS remains the service provider­, and attempts to get comment from HCM have been unsuccessful in this regard.

A number of concerns were raised at consultation meetings before ItraMAS was appointed, some of which included special rates for senior citizens, allocation of bays for disabled people, the management­ of parking around the Provincial Port Shepstone Hospital, the maximum period for parking in areas­ around beaches and parking for business owners in the CBD.

A shop owner says he has difficulty­ when patrons use his driveway and loading zone as a parking area in order to avoid the meters.

“Not long ago a gentleman parked in my driveway, which I use while I’m in the shop, but I had to find another spot to park my car which resulted in me getting a fine.”

He said he felt the new meter system is better than the old one as it allows you to pay for an hour parking. If you spend less time you can move your car and park in another parking bay with the same parking slip as long as you remain in the Port Shepstone CBD.

Another business owner said he felt the parking meters have driven some shoppers out of the CBD as they would rather shop where they don’t have to pay for parking.

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