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Apart from SnapScan, motorists can now also use their MasterCard, VISA or American Express cards to pay for kerbside parking in the Cape Town central business district (CBD).

Street Parking Solutions manages on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town. Since the beginning of this month, the parking marshals employed by Street Parking Solutions 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.

‘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,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

In October 2014 Street Parking Solutions also adopted SnapScan technology – an alternative payment option allowing motorists to pay for parking using a smartphone application.‘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. That said, we have been informed by Street Parking Solutions that motorists are impressed with the POS devices and the convenience they bring. On-street parking in the CBD is charged at R3,40 per 15 minutes during business hours. Charging for parking is one method of ensuring a high turnover of parking bays in an area where there is a big demand for on-street parking, such as in the CBD,’ said Councillor Herron.

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