The introduction of a new payment system makes street parking quite easier for motorists in Cape town. Through the use of MasterCard, VISA or American Express cards, motorists can now pay for kerbside parking in the Cape Town central business district (CBD).
The Cape towns’s parking marshals employed by Street Parking Solutions have since the month of May, been equipped with handheld point-of-sale (POS) devices which now make it possible for motorists to pay for parking with their bank cards. This was announced by the City of Cape Town on Tuesday, May 10.
The Parking Solution manages on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town and the marshals will wear badges with the handheld POS devices indicating that they can accept card payments
“The marshals with the handheld POS devices are wearing badges indicating that they can accept card payments. The POS devices make it easier and more convenient to pay for parking as motorists do not always have cash on hand and then have to search for an ATM to withdraw money,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
Street Parking Solutions adopted SnapScan technology in October 2014. The technology was an an alternative payment option allowing motorists to pay for parking using a smartphone application.
Charging for parking is one method of ensuring a high turnover of parking bays in an area where there is a big demand for on-street parking, such as in the CBD,’ said Cape Town Councillor Brett Herron says.