If you think airport parking is expensive, spare a thought for this guy
Car has racked up a ticket of at least R200,000 after being parked at the airport since 2011
Long-stay parking has become a proverbial understatement for a forlorn and forgotten car – left to stand at King Shaka International Airport in Durban – with hundreds of thousands of gleeful travellers passing it by.
Another year has rolled on and much has stayed the same for a Kia Carens, dinged up and covered in mould, which has become an institution at the airport.
The only thing that changes for the car, registered to Johannesburg businessman Robin Patrick Knowles and parked at the airport in 2011, is the amount owing on the long-stay parking ticket.
At R80 per day, Knowles owes the parking service more than R200,000.
All four tyres are flat and the 2012 expiry date on the licence disk has come and gone, with no sign of its owner.Airports Company spokesman Colin Naidoo said it had made every effort to contact Knowles.
“At this stage there isn’t much we can do because we cannot move something that doesn’t belong to us. Even if people want to tell us that we should donate the car to charity or scrap it our hands are tied because it doesn’t belong to us,” he said.
He could not be drawn to comment on other aspects of the vehicle, especially as to whether any further efforts had been made to trace and contact Knowles.
The car has a smashed brake light and a badly dented rear bumper. Inside, empty cardboard boxes are piled high and there is a thick layer of dust on the dashboard.
Naidoo had previously said that when the car piqued the interests of airport security, they had done a check with police to see if it had been stolen.
TimesSelect made several efforts to contact Knowles, but these were unsuccessful.