Please do something on clamping fees

EDITOR — I appeal to the City of Harare to reduce the amount that they charge for clamped vehicles.

The amount being charged is just too much in this harsh economic environment.

The council should revise the figure of $57 because that is just too much as many people cannot afford it.

The city fathers have to bear in mind that most people have resorted to using public transport just because they cannot afford parking fees.

Some have even resorted to parking on the outskirts of the central business district just to make ends meet. The amount paid for a clamped vehicle is way too much and should be revised downwards vis-a-vis the economic situation.

It is not just the clamping fees that are too high but even the parking fees should be reduced or at least a dollar should cover one’s parking for more time than just an hour. It is unfortunate that all companies in this country are looking for money but consideration should be shown for the hardships that the individuals or motorists are also going through.

I thought such tissues could have been part of the 100 days plan of action by Harare City Council. This problem affects the ease of doing business as many motorists delivering their consignments are greatly affected.

Besides the money realised is not put to good use as there are potholes all over the parking spaces. Please do something on this one.

Motorist

Comments (10)

Are you bonkers ! Don't park in those spots that are illegal. Is it a crime to be law abiding !!

Neil - 6 March 2018

The reader has a valid case here. Where have you heard people being charged such exorbitant fees. Besides the city should provide parking bays since most motorists resort to illegal parking due to absence of adequate parking space.

Pan Africanist - 12 March 2018

Three times of late, I have merely stopped (safely out of the way) to drop off my Wife, twice in Union Ave, once in Fifth street, and some weeks later, when parking legitimately, I am told that I have "penalties" to pay ?? Therefore, very obviously, the parking attendant has seen me stop, taken down my registration number, and booked me for parking in a spot that I never parked in !! Why ?? To boost his own figures or, to give a shamwari free parking ??? I am certain many others have suffered the same fate.

Dave - 22 March 2018

Three times of late, I have merely stopped (safely out of the way) to drop off my Wife, twice in Union Ave, once in Fifth street, and some weeks later, when parking legitimately, I am told that I have "penalties" to pay ?? Therefore, very obviously, the parking attendant has seen me stop, taken down my registration number, and booked me for parking in a spot that I never parked in !! Why ?? To boost his own figures or, to give a shamwari free parking ??? I am certain many others have suffered the same fate.

Dave - 22 March 2018

Its time that we march against city parking rates which have become ridiculous You are no different from the police. Corrupt.

Chena - 22 March 2018

I paid $35 after going to Mbare to buy tomatoes for $5. Now I respect the law. The figure must remain. It's a prohibitive measure. We must all comply by paying the require $1. Learn to be law abiding to take Zimbabwe forward. The figure must be much more because one is committing a crime setting a tone for chaos in the process. New and correct era.

Innocent Matandamavi - 23 March 2018

Motorist - DO NOT PARK IN ILLEGAL AREAS, and you won't even have to pay a cent of your hard gotten Mabhond Notes... Abide by the law and you have no problem. That fee is set at that so that you will never attempt to BREAK the law by parking in an area that is not designated.... And it is your responsibility to ensure that you have paid adequately. The Western countries are worse Clamping fees in Central London iroora chaiyo. I nearly cried when I was made to pay that $57 but then again I had to ask myself what on earth was I doing parking incorrectly... You must realise that you're a GREAT inconvenience to others when you park in undesignated areas..

Liz Munjoma - 26 March 2018

City park is robbing people of their hard earned money and something has to be done. This is an MDC Council and Chamisa you must do something about this heartless attitude with the council. I am a very law abiding citizen and council must be rational in their way of doing business. I would suggest that if a car accumulates $3.00 in a day, it should not be charged further, it enough for the day. Handiti the council is saying that I can buy a bay for $3.00 a day, Their system shows a clear record for each car how many parkings I have had over whatever period. I know they are in business but to make people tambudzika in such a way.

Matingindi - 9 April 2018

City council are damn thieves. Let us campaign for the reduction of parking fees to 20 cents per hour. The charges are just too much and the money is grossly missused.

cyclops - 11 April 2018

Those supporting this nonsense must be ashamed of themsleves. The parking fees are just exorbitant. Many cities allow you a free hour parking and then charge you for the extra you part after an hour. Go to what used to be Ximex mall and ask why city parking is allow illegal parking there?

maita - 2 May 2018

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