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This pricing strategy is a happy median that I think will comfortably accommodate everybody. Implementing such a system isn't too difficult, regular Parker's to whom the proposed discount will be targeting, can have a choice of "opting in" for the Quick Park prepaid system that Joburg city currently have in place. The point being, the City of Johannesburg wont lose out very much considering that the discount system is an "opt in" system that will benefit regular Parker's who dont work for companies that can afford to build high rise inner city parking solutions as MMC Elgina Ndhlovu suggested during the unveiling of the city parking systems roll out. Furthermore people who don't regularly visit the inner city will find per minute billing solutions more appropriate and fair as opposed to the current block pricing system which I stand to be correct also like Parkhurst didn't go through proper public consultation.
I maintain that prepaid kerb side parking in the inner city is a necessity for the many reasons cited by the city of Joburg council which are :
Efficient use of parking facilities where traffic congestion exists and in creating better use of available space
• Reduction of congestion within areas close to business activity or areas where parking spots are always overcrowded
• Facilitation of free movement of communities at public spaces
• Reducing the risk of damage to vehicles who either get damaged by other motorists or broken into by criminal elements
A well-managed parking system tends to encourage visitors to business nodes because of available parking space relatively close to the place customers wish to visit. This also provides a constant flow of customers and hourly paid parking tends to increase the number of customers. .Read more here.
To be honest however, I don't really understand the logic of the implementation of this system in Parkhurst as most of the benefits above are not entirely applicable in this area. I believe that Joburg city council haven't applied their minds with their billing system and if we choose to just accept their new billing implementation without registering our opinions, we are vetoing an rubber stamping another corrupt practice.
Paid Parking will also be implemented in the following areas soon:
Yeoville, Pan Africa, Bellevue, Cyrildene, Mayfair, Jabulani, Midrand, Lenasia, Randburg, Roodepoort, Randburg, Roodepoort, Florida, Rosettenville, Norwood, Melville, Emmarentia, Rosebank, Birnam, Illovo, Parkview, Sandron, Fordsburg, Greenside, Linden, Rivonia, Craighall Park & Northcliff.
TABLING OF THE DRAFT TARIFF OF CHARGES IN RESPECT OF MISCELLANEOUS TRAFFIC RELATED SERVICES : 2012/2013
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