Committee gives green light to CBD parking plan

OCTOBER 10, 2014

The Safety and Security Committee has given the go ahead for the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) proposal to introduce mobile parking meters in the Port Elizabeth CBD.

The MBDA plans to issue a call for proposals for the development, supply, implementation and management of the mobile parking system.

The new system would apply to 1 229 existing parking bays, including those in Strand Street, Whites/Western Road, Clyde Street, Parliament Street and Govan Mbeki.

Also included are Bird Street, Havelock Street, Rink Street, Belmont Terrace and Stanley Street.

The MBDA states that an investigation in other cities indicates that the introduction of the mobile parking system in which marshals collect the charge for parking will have a number of positive benefits.

One of these will be increased revenue from the use of parking bays.

In addition, the marshals will provide a security presence in the area of the designated parking bays and can serve as ambassadors for the city in terms of providing directions for tourists.

Further, it says, introduction of the system will result in job creation and the “control of the proliferation of informal parking attendants”.

The MBDA says the successful applicant will have to implement an auto-mated system linked to the handheld devices of the marshals in order to maintain a record of all revenue collected. - metrominutes

 

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