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New parking meter rates, conditions announced ; Jagdeo says changes are cosmetic

City Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk, Royston King meeting with representatives of commercial banks at City Hall’s Council Chamber.

Parking meter rates are to set to be slashed by half and motorists will be able to use remaining time at any other space, top City officials announced on Monday.

Addressing representatives of commercial banks at a meeting held at City Hall’s Chamber, Town Clerk Royston King and City Mayor Patricia Chase-Green said the rates would be reduced to GYD$28 VAT inclusive for 15 minutes or about GYD$100 per hour.

They said left over time from one space could now be used in other parking areas in Georgetown.

Meeting with the Mayor and Town Clerk were representatives of Republic Bank, Demerara Bank and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry. Mayor Chase-Green said employees of commercial banks would be allowed to use their parking lots and in other instances be provided with monthly parking permits at reduced rates. Managements of commercial banks are required to submit lists of vehicles that would be using parking lots, they said.

The booting fees and how long after expiration time should vehicle wheels be clamped, King said, are being examined by City Hall and Smart City Solutions.

The Town Clerk said City Hall and Smart City Solutions would be examining ways of offering complimentary park-and-ride and garage parking.

King hailed the parking meter system as contributing to less congestion, lower greenhouse gas emissions, quicker transaction of businesses and no breaking and entering of vehicles. “Since we rolled out this project over the last three weeks, we have had no reported case of ‘trunkers’ or of criminal activities related to breaking and entering of vehicles and the carrying away of individuals’ properties,” the Town Clerk said.

 

Following outcry by a wide cross-section of citizens that led to a meeting between City Hall and President David Granger last week, the Town Clerk acknowledged that the current rates are too high. “We would be making adjustments with respect to the pricing for particularly those people who are parking very long hours- eight hours plus- particularly public servants and the ordinary worker. We recognise that that is exactly burdensome in terms of the two hundred dollars…,” he said.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday reiterated his People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) support to the ad hoc group of civil society activists, Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM), and rejected plans by City Hall to reduce the parking meter fees. “There are so many other features of that contract that are unbelievably stacked in favour of the investor that a mere reduction of the price of the parking meter will not remove this yoke that has been placed on the backs of the citizens of Georgetown so that is why we are saying a mere reduction- a palliative- is not adequate,” Jagdeo told a news conference.

Jagdeo said President David Granger, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan and the wider government should share responsibility for the parking meter contract and bylaws.

 

The Town Clerk said City Hall is so cash-strapped that it has had to grant amnesties to allow defaulting rate payers to settle their debts, but at the same time they have forgone GYD$890 million in 2015 and GYD$2.3 billion in 2016.

The City says it needs monies to rehabilitate and build new roads, improve environment and sanitation and provide maternal and child health services.

MAPM, meanwhile, on Monday vowed that it would not give up its struggle for the contract between the M&CC and SCS to be revoked. A Town Hall meeting has been planned for next Saturday, February 18, 2017.

  • Michael Grey

    “Since we rolled out this project over the last three weeks, we have had no reported case of ‘trunkers’ or of criminal activities related to breaking and entering of vehicles and the carrying away of individuals’ properties,” the Town Clerk said.”

    This asshole realised that since there was no parking (which means no vehicle was there) there could not have been any break and enter???? Am confused by this….

  • rudeo

    my primary school at Carmel Roman Catholic School in the 50s makes me a professor of math in front of these two dumbos….shame…these frauds ruling over citizens lives in the manner they are allowed to do.

  • Col123

    Bob…apples and oranges with that overseas comparison pal…Four or five dollars for a beer with the ambiance and service is no sweat off any one living in any first world environment society..paid parking in Guyana does not compare..Please enlighten Guyanese on these investors seeking to participate in Guyana’s economy. The President mentioned just recently that none of that is happening …and he is looking at eco tourism…

  • Col123

    Bob… this is hitting them in the pockets directly.. I do share some of your views but paying out your pockets is another thing

    • Bob David

      Col123 – how this helps us as Guyanes, how are we opening our doors to other international investments to help our economy and etc.

  • Bob David

    Michael perhaps you have not travelled over the sea or perhaps you may not be aware of Guyanes diaspora in NY, Miami and etc.
    Many of them own properties in US and work in Guyana.
    Many of us rent vehicles where we obey local rules and etc….

  • Bob David

    Ashley get some brains… would not even worth my time to respond