The following is a set of policies, principles and operations that are intended to regulate parking on the various campuses of the University of Cape Town.
They are an extension of the Access Management Plan and need to be read in conjunction with the published traffic rules for staff and students.
Policies and principles are intended to be more general and enduring whereas implementation may vary according to specific circumstances at the time.
The campus is perceived to be easily accessible by car with an expectation that parking will be provided. Sustained pressure from staff and students for more parking has resulted in a degraded environment in which extensive and inappropriate areas have been allocated for parking. The result is that it is over-parked, both legitimately and by students parking illegally.
At the same time the upper campus specifically is not accommodating to and does not project an appearance of openness and willingness to engage with the Cape Town community.
This situation has arisen because of an increase in the number of students, increased car usage and a longer day spent on campus without any increase in the parking bays provided.
Students parking on the streets in the neighbourhood, and the resulting inconvenience and degrading effect, are a source of conflict with the property owners in the vicinity of the campus in the Rondebosch / Observatory area.
The goal of the Access Management Plan is to provide equitable and safe access to the campus while improving quality of life and environmental values.
Further surface parking (with some exceptions in outlying areas) will not be increased, and the creation of further structured parking (above or below ground) is not within the university's financial reach.
The Access Management Plan calls for the establishment of park-and-ride facilities, both on and off campus. The idea is to provide free parking for staff and students to ease the parking demand on campus and closer to the academic buildings.
There is substantial difference in the parking privileges allowed for staff, students and visitors, and parking priorities have been agreed as follows:
Parking on campus and in designated park-and-ride sites is restricted to cars displaying a current parking disk or visitors permit (blue slip).
The principle of pricing of parking disks is to make the cost of parking on campus and the related journey costs proportionate with the convenience and comfort of this mode of access when related to alternative modes of access. This is implemented by regarding the commercial rate for parking in comparable situations as a benchmark and for the university to subsidise this cost progressively to a lesser and lesser degree in establishing the fees for the various categories of disk-holders.
A general principle of uniformity across the entire campus is observed, despite slight differences in circumstances.
The concept of overselling (the number of disks sold beyond the number of disks available in a particular area) is incorporated into the system to a greater or lesser degree according to the seniority of the disk-holder and the corresponding type of disk. Red bays are oversold to a limited extent to ensure the availability of vacant bays at most times of day whereas student bays are oversold to an unlimited extent.
No bays shall be reserved for staff or students on a permanent basis, other than bays authorised by the disability unit for the sole purpose of disabled persons.
Parking disks are only valid for the specific vehicle for which the disk has been purchased (except for student lift clubs).
A student registered for the first undergraduate year of study shall not bring onto, or park on university property, any vehicle other than a motor cycle.
A controlled access precinct has been established on the Upper Campus by means of two sets of booms on the ring road. Traffic office staff control these booms in order to limit access to staff, certain graduate students, authorised visitors and parents transporting their children to the Educare Centre, as long as they are displaying a valid disk.
The following types of disks/permits are available to staff, students and visitors:
Red parking disk
Yellow parking disk
Masters/Phd parking disc – P18
Blue parking disk
Green parking disk
Temporary parking disk
Black parking disk
Rhodes Memorial parking disk
More than one but not more than four students may purchase, for a fee, a single blue parking disk for up to four vehicles.
Staff and students may purchase a disk for more than one vehicle provided they are owned by the same person.
Student parking disk holders in residence are entitled to park in designated areas on the campus near their respective residences and within the grounds of off-campus residences. These students may also park in unmarked bays on any campus.
Student disk holders in Smuts and Fuller Halls may not park on the Upper Campus except in the designated parking area.
Red and yellow parking disks are valid for a calendar year. Student parking disks will be issued for a calendar year and remain valid until March 1 of the next calendar year.