The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has bowed down to pressure from the motoring public and revised downwards its parking fees.
The local authority in partnership with Tendy Three Investments, introduced a new parking management system.
Under the new system, motorists were paying US$1 for a 30-minute prime parking spot and US$1 for an hour parking spot in other zones.
However, this received serious backlash from residents and senior government officials who bemoaned the exorbitant fees.
The local authority has since backtracked from its position and scrapped the US$1 for 30 minutes fee.
“The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public and the motoring public that with effect from Monday 21 March 2022, the Central Business District has been designated into a single zone of one hour/ US$1 or at equivalent bank rate through Ecocash POS or ZWL cash,” said Bulawayo Town Clerk, Christopher Dube in a statement released Friday late afternoon.
The town clerk added this notification cancelled the 30 minutes /US$1 parking zones that were in place at the core of Bulawayo.
This development comes when ZAPU was planning to petition the local authority this coming Monday, whose submissions were to include the parking pricing alternative, parking systems company ownership and the councils stake in this parking partnership.