The City is preparing to clamp down on e-hailing services and food delivery scooters after complaints from residents and local businesses that they are congesting parking spaces.
City Bowl ward councillor Dave Bryant has put forward a motion for a policy review to be conducted to deal with the increase of e-hailing services and online food delivery vehicles.
The motion was submitted in response mainly to queries from residents and local businesses in the area regarding challenges they are facing with some of the online delivery vehicles operating in the area.
Bryant said one of the key challenges they faced is parking and stacking, in particular the scooters, and in some of these areas this caused congestion.
He said the intention of this motion was to work with the existing operators to amend and improve the existing policies to create a conducive working environment.
In the motion submitted to the Transport Portfolio committee, Bryant said the existing policies should be urgently updated to accommodate e-hailing and online food delivery services.
The motion was accepted by the portfolio committee and will be taken to the relevant officials to deliberate on. The policies that will need to be changed will depend on the feedback from the officials.
Bryant said it was time the City stayed up to date with legislation. He said as a leading international city Cape Town needs to keep up with the pace with best international practice.
In September the City announced its newly drafted traffic by-law. The amended by-law introduced stricter measures to curb e-hailing service vehicles, such as Uber and Bolt.
E-hailing service vehicles would be identified by a “tag” which would allow the public and law-enforcement officials to identify the vehicles as belonging to an e-hailing service, and see the driver’s operating licence.
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