New restrictive parking by-laws adopted

THE Ray Nkonyeni Municipality has adopted new parking by-laws to regulate parking at shopping centres, busy streets and public areas that require additional safety features during specific time periods.

On Monday, the stakeholder’s engagement with regards to the new laws was held at Port Shepstone Civic Centre to inform local businesses. Speaking at a meeting, Superintendent Sifiso Ngcaku said the municipality had registered more than 90 000 vehicles, which means the limited parking that the municipality has needs to be regulated.

“Some just leave the vehicles parked for the rest of the day, we should regulate how long one can park in the parking bay,” he said.

He said the space that is available must be shared.

In making his presentation, municipality head of public safety, Sibusiso Nzimande, outlined that these by-laws will apply to all areas which fall under the jurisdiction of the municipality and is binding on all persons to the extent applicable, unless permission has been given by an authorised officer.

“Vehicles may not park in any public roads within the municipality for a period that would be indicated on a traffic sign, as we will make sure that we erect signage in all our roads,” said Nzimande.

He said only general medical practitio- ners to whom an exemption permit would be granted would be allowed to park in these areas.

“Where any vehicle is found to have been parked in contravention of these by-laws, the municipality will attach a wheel clamp or it would be removed to a place designated by the municipality where certain charge fees will have to be paid upon the removal of clamp or release,” said Nzimande.