Mayor Ben Fihla backs MBDA plan for mobile parking meters in Central

NOVEMBER 28, 2014

Mayor Ben Fihla has recommended that the Mandela Bay Development Agency should act as the municipality’s agent in securing a service provider for a mobile parking meter system for the Central area of Port Elizabeth.

In a report to Council, the Mayor recommends that the MBDA should be authorised to issue a request for proposals for interested parties to submit proposals to develop, supply, implement and manage the system in the CBD.

The areas affected include Govan Mbeki, Strand Street, Whites/Western Road, Rink Street, Parliament Street, Bird Street, Stanley Street, Belmont Terrace and Donkin Street.

The Mayor also recommends that the MBDA should be authorised to evaluate and adjudicate the proposals in accordance with its Supply Chain Management Policy.

Further, he recommends that the MBDA should have the authority to conclude an agreement with the successful applicant that will include “the right of the MBDA to retain a negotiated portion of the revenue collected in relation to the use of the identified parking bays”.

The MBDA will use these funds to defray costs incidental to the project, such as the removal of the existing parking metres and the demarcation of new parking bays.

Other identified costs include those associated with the reinstallation of parking meters in future should the need arise, as well as administrative costs.

The Mayor recommends that the policing of offenders should be the responsibility of the municipality and that all revenue derived from parking fines in respect of the designated parking bays should be retained by the metro.

Implementation of a mobile parking meter system, which works successfully in other major cities, should result in a significant increase in revenue from parking fees for the metro. Currently, very little revenue accrues to the municipality. - metrominutes

 

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