Pretoria motorists shouldn’t take chances when it comes to parking in the city as they could become one of about 640 who have to collect their cars from the pound each month.
The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) has enforced the Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996, which states vehicles parked illegally will be impounded.
Vehicles, from luxury cars to taxis, have been seen dragged behind towing vehicles in the CBD, even on quiet Sundays.
TMPD spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they impounded any vehicle parked illegally at a building entrance, the middle of the road, at a loading zone – if not a delivery vehicle – and at bus bays.
He said more vehicles would be impounded each month if the department had sufficient towing vehicles.
“In a month, we normally impound about 640 vehicles if we have two towing vehicles,” Mahamba told The Citizen.
Despite many parking attendants who promise to guard cars from impounding and traffic fines in the city, Mahamba said motorists were responsible for ensuring they abided by road rules.
People whose vehicles have been impounded can contact the TMPD on 012-358-7095/6 or 012-358-5917. They can expect to pay R1 500 for the immediate release of the vehicle.