Higher parking tariffs an attempt to encourage use of public transport

The City of Cape Town's new on-street parking increased tariffs came into effect on July 1.

According to the City, the new parking tariffs are based on the City’s Parking Policy which was adopted by Council on April 12, 2014.

Transport researcher at the University of Stellenbosch, Jacomien Van der Merwe says the recent hike in parking tariffs is part of the travel demand management tool by the City to encourage more people to make use of public transport.

She admits that the public transport system still has a long way to go to allow comfortable movements within the City centre, saying "there needs to be sufficient alternative for individuals to use".

This also to encourage shorter parking periods specifically in high demand areas.

Jacomien Van der Merwe, Transport researcher at the University of Stellenbosch

She says the City's parking policy is to ensure that businesses get the advantage to park closer to where they are operating and individuals who need parking for longer periods to park a bit further.

Individuals that have a high need want to park closer to their destinations.

Jacomien Van der Merwe, Transport researcher at the University of Stellenbosch

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