As from Saturday, 1 February 2020, the City of Cape Town will no longer charge motorists for on-street parking in Somerset West and Strand.

The contract with Ace Parking Services, the contractor that manages on-street parking on behalf of the City in these areas, expires on 31 January 2020.

‘Local councillors and representatives from the local business community requested the City to reconsider parking tariffs for these areas. We subsequently investigated the demand for on-street parking in the central business districts of Somerset West and Strand recently, and came to the conclusion that there is no longer a need to charge for parking to ensure a turnover of parking bays. I’m sure residents will be relieved about this, however, I want to remind them that the applicable time restrictions will still be enforced by our Law Enforcement Officials,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.

The City will review this decision should the demand for parking warrant management in future.

‘Thus, as from 1 February 2020 motorists will be allowed to park for free – this applies to about 510 on-street parking bays that we have been managing over the past few years. Also, I want to caution road users to be vigilant and not to be intimidated by illegal car guards who often wear fake bibs, and charge for parking,’ said Alderman Purchase.