New regulations for food delivery scooters and e-hailing services may soon be implemented following an announcement from the City of Cape Town, that they will address the negative impacts these services have on traffic congestion and limited parking space in the CBD.

As reported by IOL, ward councillor Dave Bryant said the motion was put forward in response to many queries by residents and local businesses within the CBD, who have raised concerns with regards to the challenges they face due to the many online delivery vehicles operating in the area.

“One of the key challenges we are faced with is parking and stacking, in particular the scooters, and in some of these areas this causes congestion,” Bryant said.

According to Bryant, the motion aims to not only “regulate the environment in the public interest”, but to also increase economic opportunities.

The motion also aligns with other proposed amendments which involve e-hailing services across the city.

Earlier this year, the City announced that its new by-laws would include a section that is tailored specifically to the e-hailing sector.

E-hailing drivers who operate within the City’s jurisdiction will be required to clearly display a tag that identifies the vehicle as such, and drivers must have a valid operating license.

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