Parking on city streets will be more strictly controlled as a new parking system is rolled out. Parking will be restricted to two hours.
ROADSIDE parking in the city is about to cost more than the usual tipping of a car guard as the City’s new parking system is rolled out over the course of the year.
MMC Elgina NdhlovuMMC Elgina Ndhlovu unveils the new parking signsWith the new system, which has been in operation in Braamfontein since 3 December 2010, motorists must pay R7,50 an hour to park kerb side, which they can do for a maximum of two hours. The money is paid in cash to parking marshals, who wear black and white uniforms and carry a mobile parking machine. They will get a receipt once payment is made.
The announcement of the roll out of the new system was made by the member of the mayoral committee for safety, Elgina Ndhlovu, and Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, at the department’s headquarters in Martindale on 19 January.
For six years, motorists had not paid any parking tariff, said Gerrie Gerneke, the director of the JMPD.
“Motorists are used to paying car guards and parking their cars in one spot the whole day, which causes an obstruction for normal motorists coming in and out of the city.”
Previously, motorists had to pay money into parking meters fixed at the side of the road. But these meters were constantly being vandalised for the money inside them, and so a new system was needed.
“The reason for introducing the system is so that parking can be managed by the City of Joburg and so that there will be adequate parking for everybody,” explained Ndhlovu.
Motorists have to pay the fee immediately after they park, not when they return from their business. Those who park for longer than two hours are fined R200, or R100, if paid immediately.
Ndhlovu advised motorists who needed to park for longer than two hours to make use of parking garages like Kings Parking on the corner of Melle and Juta streets in Braamfontein.
As for those motorists who parked in the streets because their employers had no parking facilities, Ndhlovu said it was the responsibility of businesses to provide parking for their staff. She mentioned a banking group in the CBD that had built a multi-storey parking garage for its staff.
One of the new parking signs One of the new parking signs to be placed around the cityOnce motorists have paid and received their receipts, they must place the receipts on their cars’ dashboards so that they can be seen clearly by parking marshals and JMPD officers. The printed receipt will display the vehicle’s registration, the time and date parked and the amount paid.
For every 12 parking bays there will be one marshal and for the months of January and February these marshals will be accompanied by JMPD officers to make people aware of the system and assure them they are not being conned.
Since money would be changing hands, the issue of fraud was raised, in response to which Gerneke explained that in addition to the parking marshals, there would be one metro officer per three blocks.
The JMPD will also be making use of the CCTV cameras located all over the city to keep an eye on things. As the public is still for the most part unaware of the system, fines for parking longer than the allotted time paid for, will only be enforced from February.
While the new system will put a strain on the wallets of some, the initiative will also create a number of jobs. Many of the marshals already at work in Braamfontein were previously informal car guards.
The JMPD plans to institute a smart card system in addition to the current one, which will allow motorists to load a pre-paid amount on a card. The parking fee will be deducted from the card when it is swiped by a marshal.
Signs for the new parking system will be erected next week.
Gerneke was confident that the system would be successful as extensive research had been put into the project before it was instituted. Similar systems in use around the country had also been studied.
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