Really heavy traffic has ‘to let’ signs on driveways

2018-01-18 06:00

WHILE South Africans — especially those in Cape Town and Johannesburg — like to complain about traffic jams, trends abroad show that we do not know the meaning of gridlock.

Only when we start charging each car over R500 in a toll fee or start renting out the space on our driveways, will we be able to complain as do drivers in Washington and London.

In London, space is so tight, people who listed their driveways and empty parking spaces on online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk made a staggering £12 million (over R206 million) during 2017.

Of the some 30 000 property owners listed with YourParkingSpace.co.uk, just over half made more than £500 (R8 600) each last year by renting out their empty driveways to motorists looking for parking.

Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said anyone with a driveway or empty parking space near train stations, transport hubs, shopping centres, music and sports venues or streets with residential parking restrictions in the UK can earn extra money.

In the U.S. capital, meanwhile, traffic authorities are trying to smooth out peak hour spikes by using sky high “dynamic” toll fees to deter drivers from entering the city.

The toll fees change every six minutes depending on traffic flow.

In one instance last week, the toll fee shot up to over R500 per car, which had the desired effect of slowing the traffic flow.

But before KZN city councils get any ideas, the “dynamic pricing scheme” only apply to solo commuters on weekdays — and then only on the most congested lanes.

Cars with two or more people pass through for free, as well as hybrid vehicles with special clean fuel licence plates.

Drivers are charged based on the distance they drive on the tollway and are notified of the expected charge by signs at the toll entrance, though some have complained the signs aren’t early enough for them to reroute or change their commuting plans.

As more commuters download the app and learn to ride-share or take public transit, Washington’s traffic planners expect toll fees to drop.

— Supplied.

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