Return of the marshals – City of Cape Town welcomes parking officials back to Bellville CB

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The City of Cape Town announced that parking marshals would return to the Bellville CBD on 1 April 2022.

Parking marshals have been absent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The City will also introduce a wheel clamping protocol for regular offenders and those refusing to pay.

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April 2022 sees the return of parking marshals to the Bellville CBD.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, parking marshals across South Africa could not take up their jobs, but the intermittent reintroduction of parking marshals addressed the issue.

The City of Cape Town began the reintroduction process in November last year when Sea Point, the Cape Town CBD, Newlands, and Claremont welcomed back parking marshals. Bellville is the next as marshals resumed their duties on 1 April 2022.

Increase in economic activity

Councillor Rob Quintas, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, said: “Now that life is returning to normal, we expect to see an increase in economic activity. We want to remind motorists that they will be charged for on-street parking again, given that we have suspended the management of parking since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.”

Parking tariffs, as given by the City of Cape Town, are as follows:

• Sea Point, CBD, Claremont: R4.80 per 15 minutes

• Bellville and Newlands: R3.40 per 15 minutes

The City’s Quintas says that motorists need to pay for parking upfront. This, he says, is to prevent motorists from driving off without paying for parking. Those who continuously avoid payment or refuse to pay will have their vehicle’s wheels clamped. Depending on the violation, fines for parking violations will range between R300 and R1 000.

Quintas adds: “We have to make sure that motorists pay for using parking bays and comply with the time restrictions. In the past, some motorists refused to pay marshals, or simply ignored the time limits imposed. The purpose of managing (the) parking is to stimulate economic activity and to provide access to businesses (that) need to create jobs. This is extremely important, in particular as the City and businesses are gearing for economic recovery.”

Payment methods:

• Cash

• SnapScan

• Debit card

• Credit card

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