Parking situation affects businesses

2016-02-25 06:00
An Ugu vehicle parks in a no-parking zone.PHOTO: candyce krishna

An Ugu vehicle parks in a no-parking zone.PHOTO: candyce krishna

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BUSINESSES at the end of Woolley Street, Port Shepstone, say customer parking has become a nightmare for them since Ugu District Municipality uses the bays for the entire day.

They claim that business has dwindled as a result and customers have complained there is “never parking” in front of their shops any more.

According to one complainant, garages were converted into a training centre and sessions have been held for over three weeks now.

“Ugu staff are apparently in training for weeks. They park in front of our stores for the entire day,” said a business owner.

He said although there are parking meters, staff do not pay and are exempt from being fined.

“I called the municipal manager’s office about this and was told there is nowhere else for these vehicles to park.”

“I also asked the meter officer why he did not fine those drivers and he said he was not allowed to. Some vehicles even park illegally.”

Another business owner said he asked one of the drivers if it was possible to park elsewhere as his customers did not have parking.

“He told me to voetsek and said he could park where he wanted. I was shocked. We are losing business because of this. We have notified the traffic department, but nobody seems to care.”

Ugu District Municipality spokesperson, France Zama, said Woolley Street has public parking which has no restrictions for the number of hours that vehicles park.

“As far as the municipality knows, none of the municipal vehicles park on customer-reserved parking on the road in question. However, the municipality will look at other means to see if there are other places for the parking of municipal vehicles during training sessions,” he said.

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality said it has noted that the said vehicles are parked on a public road.

“Consequently the driver of any vehicle parked along that road enjoys the same rights and obligations as stipulated in the law, and our law enforcement section treats them as such,” said spokesperson, Simon April.

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