BCC and TTI earn nearly US$40,000 from parking system

Bulawayo City Council racked up US$21,433, $71 and $15,968 in parking and blocking fees over a five-month period from its deal with Tendy Three International (TTI).

The BCC, in partnership with the private company TTI, introduced the parking system in February.

The South African company began collecting fees under the first phase of the arrangement on February 18 in the face of resistance from motorists.

According to the local authority’s monthly minutes published on Wednesday, the council got 30% of the proceeds from the parking fee and 50% from the clamping fee.

BCC minutes reveal that money generated in three currencies, the local unit, the US dollar and the South African rand, has been steadily rising since February.

Between February 19 and June 30, $15,178,319.03 in local currency and $12,710.57 in rand were collected in parking fees.

Between February 18 and 28, $246.60 was collected, R401.70 and $106. 746.00.

The amount maintained a steady increase and between June 6 and June 30, US$1,992.00 and $3,183,620.70, the highest amounts were raised.

In terms of the South African rand, 939.00 rand was generated between May 16 and May 31, the highest period to date.

The Botswana pula only generated 43.23 and motorists only started paying using the currency in May.

Revenues collected from blocking fees are USD 15,968.00, R8,675.50 and USD 6. 658.869.58 in local currency.

Violations include parking on yellow lines, in taxi and disabled parking spaces or simply those who park in the middle of the road and leave their vehicle there.

Since the implementation of the new parking system in February this year on an area stretching from Samuel Parirenyatwa Street to Lobengula Street and from 3rd Avenue to 15th Avenue, parking on the outskirts of this area has filled as motorists fled the $1 per hour payment. or at the prevailing auction rate.

In February, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, at a rally in Bulawayo, lambasted BCC for awarding the tender to TTI, a foreign company, instead of contracting a local company.

Vice President Chiwenga said there is a need to empower citizens and entrust them with such undertakings for the common good.