If the City Of Cape Town and it’s parking operator, SPS, have their way then parking in a disabled bay, loading bay or staying in a regular bay too long will alert traffic police and officers will be sent to your car to give you a ticket via a new electronic sensor embedded into the tarmac.
600 sensors have already been installed with 2000 more waiting to be rolled out.
Have you seen these on Long Street?
That’s the sensor and a successful trial period, since November 201, has resulted in the City Of Cape Town granting Street Parking Soultions (SPS) permission to expand its parking sensor base to 1000 permanent sensor installations within the CBD area.
“If a driver parks in a one-hour bay for more than that hour, the sensor will pick it up. A grace period, possibly 10 minutes, may be programmed into the device, after which the sensor will send a message to hand-held devices carried by traffic police on patrol in the precinct.
The device will display the street name and bay number.
The officer will be able to use to the device to photograph the vehicle and print out a ticket based on the electronic data which proves that the vehicle has overstayed the prescribed time.” [iol]
Ya..that means no more twats parking in a loading zone to ‘quickly’ run into a shop to get something. It would also mean the end of parking in a bay and then waiting till after the parking attendant goes home at 5 before going to your car so you dodge paying as well as waiting for the attendant to help someone else down the road before quickly jumping in your car and driving away.
And don’t pretend like you don’t do that…I’ve seen you you sneaky bastard.