HCC mulls another parking fee hike
HARARE mayor Herbert Gomba says the city’s parking unit should increase fees by 110 percent to enable the local authority to revamp roads.
Gomba, who claimed that the allocation the city was getting from the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) was inadequate, said Harare must charge a fee equivalent to the value of US$1.
“City parking must charge a fee that enables us to reconstruct central business district (CBD) roads, the $10 rate is a reduction from the US$1 people used to pay, the real charge must be $21 and the money must be used to revamp CBD roads,” said Gomba.
“The Urban Councils Act says money from parking must be used for road-related programmes, and due to the fact that we are not getting enough funds from Zinara, we want to raise funds from City Parking to complement the funds from Zinara.”
Gomba’s proposal comes weeks after the city parking unit hiked its fees by 100 percent from the initial $5 per hour to $10. They also hiked charges for clamping and towing of vehicles by a staggering 1 000 percent.
Motorists in the capital now pay $500 in wheel-clamping fees for light vehicles, up from $40. Towing-fees were raised from $60 to $700.