Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town

 

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dc.contributor.author Bernstein, Jesse
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-22T09:59:51Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-22T09:59:51Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Bernstein, J. (2003). Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town. Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19113
dc.description.abstract <p>In February 2003 the Cape Town City Council proposed a new by-law to regulate informal car parking attendants or car guards. This was a response to complaints by car drivers that they had been harassed by car guards. The bylaw proposed a mandatory registration process and sets a quota limiting 30 percent of licenses to refugees. In response, the Centre for Social Science Research conducted a survey of car drivers and car guards in two areas of central Cape Town where many complaints regarding car guards have been registered. Our findings confirm that the complaints made against car guards are just one part of the story. While we found that harassment of motorists does occur, it is at a lower level than has been suggested. The proposed legislation implies that Cape drivers are specifically dissatisfied with refugee car guards. Our data indicates the opposite: Cape Town car drivers are most satisfied with the car parking system when foreigners or refugees are guarding their cars. Restrictions on foreigners seem to reflect xenophobia, which is all too common in South Africa, not the actual experiences of car drivers. Any harassment is unacceptable, of course, but our data questions whether a complex administrative system of regulation is warranted. We also found that car guards report experiencing extortion by police and private security officers on an almost daily basis.</p> en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.title Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-04-22T09:52:25Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Research paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Bernstein, J. (2003). <i>Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19113 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Bernstein, Jesse <i>Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR), 2003. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19113 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Bernstein J. Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town. 2003 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19113 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Bernstein, Jesse AB - <p>In February 2003 the Cape Town City Council proposed a new by-law to regulate informal car parking attendants or car guards. This was a response to complaints by car drivers that they had been harassed by car guards. The bylaw proposed a mandatory registration process and sets a quota limiting 30 percent of licenses to refugees. In response, the Centre for Social Science Research conducted a survey of car drivers and car guards in two areas of central Cape Town where many complaints regarding car guards have been registered. Our findings confirm that the complaints made against car guards are just one part of the story. While we found that harassment of motorists does occur, it is at a lower level than has been suggested. The proposed legislation implies that Cape drivers are specifically dissatisfied with refugee car guards. Our data indicates the opposite: Cape Town car drivers are most satisfied with the car parking system when foreigners or refugees are guarding their cars. Restrictions on foreigners seem to reflect xenophobia, which is all too common in South Africa, not the actual experiences of car drivers. Any harassment is unacceptable, of course, but our data questions whether a complex administrative system of regulation is warranted. We also found that car guards report experiencing extortion by police and private security officers on an almost daily basis.</p> DA - 2003 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2003 T1 - Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town TI - Car watch: clocking informal parking attendants in Cape Town UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19113 ER - en_ZA


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