CoJ: Parking scheme not about profits

The CoJ says its curbside paid parking scheme is not designed to create a profit for the metro.

The CoJ says its curb-side paid parking scheme is not designed to create a profit for the metro. Picture: Sourced

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg on Tuesday said its curbside paid parking scheme is not designed to create a profit for the metro.

Figures show that between July and November 2012, the scheme, which operates in the CBD, Braamfontein and Parkhurst, netted the city just over R1 million.

Of this, only three percent came from Parkhurst, where residents and business owners were opposed to the plan.

Spokesperson for the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), Wayne Minnaar, said the scheme is not about money, but about easing congestion in certain areas of the city.

He also said the city is examining the current system to see if it can be improved.

"The CoJ's transport department is doing a parking audit of about 20 modes and the results will be discussed with the relevant stakeholders before any new parking measures are introduced, including more loading zones and more enforcement at paid parking."

Legal advisor for the City, Pieter de Klerk, last year said nearly three quarters of the money would go to the private company contracted to operate the system.