Parking marshals return to Sea Point, CBD, Newlands, Claremont, Bellville

The City will resume charging a tariff for the use of on-street parking bays.

Parking marshals will return to Sea Point on Tuesday November 2, and to the Cape Town CBD, Claremont, and Newlands before the end of November.

The marshals will be back in Bellville by March next year.

The City will resume charging a tariff for the use of on-street parking bays to ensure a turnover of bays for those visiting the area.

The parking marshals will receive their training in Sea Point and will be deployed to the Cape Town CBD, Claremont and Newlands in time for the festive season, said the City in a statement.

The parking tariffs are:

  • Sea Point, Cape Town CBD, Claremont: R4.80 per 15 minutes
  • Bellville and Newlands: R3.40 per 15 minutes

Motorists can pay cash or with Snapscan, debit card or credit card.

The City’s mayoral committee member for transport, Rob Quintas, said the management of parking was temporarily suspended since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, but now that life is slowly returning to normal, the City is expected to an increase in economic activity.

“We anticipate that tourists will return to our beautiful city over the festive season, as will visitors from other parts of the country.

“The purpose of charging a tariff for on-street parking bays is to ensure a turnover of bays in popular areas and where people do business. This will benefit business owners because their clients need parking, and those who are looking for parking will also benefit because parking bays will not be hogged for hours on end by the same person.”

Motorists are reminded that they need to pay for parking upfront. This is to prevent a situation where motorists drive off before paying the marshal.

The City is busy concluding a clamping protocol and, once finalised, repeat offenders who refuse to pay will have the wheels of their vehicles clamped.

Fines for parking violations range between R300 and R1 000, depending on the violation.

“The parking contracts in itself will provide over 200 jobs which is much needed in these difficult times. Also, the purpose of managing parking is to stimulate economic activity and to provide access to businesses who need to create jobs. This is extremely important, in particular now that the City is gearing for economic recovery in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

He said over the past few months, the City has received numerous requests from business owners to implement parking management because their clients struggle to find parking as people working in the CBD park in these on-street bays for the entire day.

“I trust the business community will welcome the news, as will those who have been struggling to find parking in these areas.”

Residents who work in the CBD and need longer stay parking are advised to park on the edge of the business district, where parking is either free or cheaper, or in privately operated parking garages.

The City will implement long-stay parking on the fringes of the Cape Town CBD along Jan Smuts Street; Sir Lowry Road between Tennant and Darling streets; DF Malan Street and Buitengracht Street.

The applicable tariffs along these streets will be as follows:

· For less than 4.5 hours: R30

· Between 4.5 and 9 hours: R50

“We want to make it easier for those who need longer stay parking by providing alternatives on the fringes of the Cape Town CBD. From there, motorists can either walk if circumstances allow, or use public transport services such as e-hailing or the MyCiTi bus service that has an extensive footprint within the CBD and surrounds,” said Mr Quintas.