A move to drastically increase parking fees in Cape Town has been shelved for now. Picture: Sam Clark/INLSA
Cape Town - The City of Cape Town's mayoral committee  has withdrawn a parking plan proposal that would have seen parking rates in Cape Town’s central business district shoot up to as much as R400 a day. 

In an open meeting that lasted about 30 minutes on Tuesday, the City’s top political leadership decided to withdraw the public parking management plan.

It first wants to receive a presentation on the plan and gather more information.

Mayor Patricia de Lille suggested that it be withdrawn and deputy mayor Ian Neilson supported the suggestion.

“We need more time to look at this plan. This has not had the agenda discussions, we need a thorough discussion and presentation on this before it goes further. We simply have to discuss the more,” he said.

The parking management plan was to be adopted by council on July 26. It makes provision for those who want to park for longer hours at higher rates.

At present, parking for longer than two hours is prohibited and a fine of R450 is payable. The new tariffs would mean motorists would pay just more than R400 for eight hours of kerbside parking, but there would be no fine payable.

Currently, motorists pay about R130 for eight hours.

A new contractual cost-based model is where the parking management service provider will collect parking revenue, but will pay the entire amount over to the City on a daily basis.


Cape Argus