MOTHER CITY PARKING: Cape Town motorists can now use their bank cards as a method of payment for parking in the CBD, says the City. Image: Wheels24/Marcel Trout
Cape Town - Fumbling for change will be a thing of the past for Cape Town driver seeking parking in the CBD.
The City announced on Tuesday that road users can now use their MasterCard, VISA or American Express cards to pay for kerbside parking within the Cape Town central business district (CBD).
From May 2016, parking marshals have been equipped with handheld point-of-sale (POS) devices which now make it possible for motorists to pay for parking with their bank cards.
Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town said: "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."
Snapscan available too
Since October 2014, motorists have been able to use a smartphone payment application, SnapScan, as an alternative payment option.
Herron said: "I want to assure motorists that the parking marshals are still obliged to accept cash as payment for parking, despite the additional payment methods that are now available. On-street parking in the CBD is charged at R3,40 per 15 minutes during business hours."