Avoiding Clamping. Don’t Park on Pavements, Yellow Lines
The Municipal Council of Manzini takes this opportunity to caution motorists against parking their vehicles on walkways (pavements), yellow lines, loading zones and pedestrian crossings.
By so doing, they will save their vehicles from clamping. According to the Road Safety Act, it is a criminal offence to park a vehicle on undesignated zones. No matter the rush or whether or not you have the parking fee, please do not even think about parking where you are not allowed by law to park. A number of motorists who have done that in the City of Manzini have attracted clamping of their vehicles and have had to pay the applicable fees to have them unclamped. Some have even been hauled before a Court of law and sentenced for violation of the traffic regulations.
Well, with Manzini being the hub of the Kingdom in every respect, some have taken chances and forcefully unclamped their vehicles. Guess what? They have found themselves facing the wrath of the law and sentenced by the Court of law to pay thousands of Emalangeni or do jail time for damage of the clamps. The big question is; do you really need to go through this trouble? Do you really need to draw upon yourself a criminal record just because of parking? Manzini News finds that to be unnecessary; moreso, because the Municipality has options for motorists who do not afford the paid parking fees. Paid parking is only applicable on the streets whose parking bays have a green marking. There are a number of other streets in the city centre which are outside the paid parking zone. If you do not have the E5 that is payable for parking per hour, please park on the streets that are outside the paid parking zone.
Manzini News further warns motorists to desist from fiddling with the clamps whenever their vehicles have been clamped. All you need to do is dial the phone number that is displayed on both the clamp and sticker that is pinned on the driver’s window. In no time, someone will be there to assist you. Most importantly, please always cooperate with the contractor which is managing on-street parking on behalf of Council; that is, Eswatini Parking. If you park your vehicle on a paid parking zone without paying they have every right to clamp it.
It is also prudent to educate motorists that they are permitted to use the same parking ticket in different parking bays, as long as the hour that they had paid for has not lapsed. Therefore, if you have bought a parking ticket and used it less than one hour, please do not destroy it but use it to park elsewhere. However, the next parking must be done before the lapse of the one hour that had been bought. In other words, if you had bought a parking ticket at 8am you are free to use the same ticket in other parking bays until 9am.