A high-tech parking meter system is to be installed in CBD areas from Port Edward to Hibberdene in the very near future.
Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu announced the new system at a media briefing in the Council Chambers of Tuesday, and said it would be a state of the art system boasting technology from Europe, assembled in South Africa. The system would allow various payment options, including smart card and pay-by-phone for those who were registered users. Motorists would be required to pay for parking between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm weekdays, and 8am to 2pm on weekends.
Phase One of the system would see parking meters installed in the Port Shepstone CBD. Phase Two would involve Margate and Port Edward, and St. Michael’s Beach, Shelly Beach, Hibberdene and Marburg would follow in the last phase.
The full statement by Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu reads:
Council has appointed Itramas Corporation Africa, a service provider for the installation and operation of a state of the art parking management system in the town. The new system was a decision employed by the municipality in an effort to solve the rising parking problems in the CBD and surrounds.
Itramas is a specialist company in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Energy Efficient Lighting Systems and Parking Management technologies. The high tech parking meters boast technology imported from Europe, which will be locally assembled.
Phase 1 of the new system will see parking meters installed in the Port Shepstone CBD. Phase 2 will involve Margate and Port Edward; whilst St Michael’s Beach, Shelly Beach, Hibberdene and Marburg will follow in the last phase.
The system will allow various payment options, including smartcard and pay-by-phone for those who are registered users. Motorists will be required to pay for parking between the hours 8am to 5pm weekdays and 8am to 2pm weekends. Trained and uniformed staff will be employed to ensure monitoring and management on site, and assist the users of the new system.
According to Itramas, the metering equipment is state-of-the-art proven technology, which will be easily accessible and user friendly to the public.
The parking management system has a real-time back-office where the operator is able to view each parking meter, and where vandal alarms and other important messages are sent for management purposes. The parking system is totally wireless and uses solar energy for power, so it is totally environmentally safe. What differentiates this system from other systems used in South Africa is the robustness and vandal resistant design of the system.
Traffic wardens will monitor the parking spaces online, and if the parking management system shows that the meter has expired, or if there is a vehicle parked in the bay and the meter shows no payment, the vehicle will be issued with a parking violation notice. Neither Itramas nor the Municipality will be held liable if the motorist has paid the parking attendant, so care has to be taken that the payment is made at the parking meter.
The new parking management system is expected to be installed within the next few weeks, and will be fully operational as soon as the consultative process is finalised.