Following a Mayco meeting on Tuesday, the City of Cape Town has withdrawn a parking plan proposal that would have parking rates in Cape Town’s CBD and other popular parking areas increased to as much as R400 per day.

The open committee meeting took 30 minutes for the City’s top political leadership to decide to withdraw the public parking management plan.

The plan was originally proposed as a way to reduce congestion, waiting time for parking spaces and change the habits of residents from driving their own vehicles to using public transport more frequently. The plan would have had people who park for longer than two hours pay exponential rates amounting to R400 per day in selected areas while less than two hour parking rates would remain the same.

The committee’s main reason for withdrawing the proposal was due to the need for more discussion on the plan as well as wanting to receive a presentation on the plan with more information before considering its implementation.

City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, suggested that it be withdrawn, with Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson supporting this.
“We need more time to look at this plan. This has not had the agenda discussions, we need a thorough discussion and presentation on this before it goes further. We simply have to discuss the more,” he said.
The parking management plan was to be implemented on July 26.
The plan proposed a cost-based model where parking management service providers would collect parking revenue, but  then pay the entire amount collected each day over to the City.
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