By ZBC Reporter
MOTORISTS are up in arms with the Harare City Council after a parking fee hike which will see them forking out one US dollar per hour.
From Thursday the 2nd of July, motorists will be forced to part with one US dollar or the Zimbabwe dollar equivalent per hour in parking fees.
The move has not gone down well with the majority who are questioning the cost structure used in coming up with the outrageous fee.
“The price is too much, we work in the CBD and spend an average 6 to 8 so where will we get that much money,” said a concerned city dweller.
“This is outrageous where is the money going? This is daylight robbery we do not earn US dollars, we earn in RTGS and the RTGS price is not even stable so it’s too much,” bemoaned another motorist.
City parking’s Public Relations Manager, Francis Mandaza was at pains to justify the increase.
“We are living in an inflationary environment and all our suppliers have pegged their prices in US dollars therefore as a company in order to survive there is need for us to gauge the value of our parking tariffs in USD,” said Mandaza.
The parking tariff adjustments are with effect from Thursday the 2nd of July. Before this increase, parking fees were 20 Zimbabwean dollars per hour.