The Star (Nairobi)

1 January 2014

Kenya: Taxis Reject Nakuru Parking Fees Hike

Matatu owners and taxi operators in Nakuru town have objected to the new imposed parking fees by the county government. Central Rift PSV transporters chairman Stephen Muli said they were not consulted by the governor over the increased parking fees.

"We are not going to pay any new parking fees until the governor consults," he said in Nakuru town yesterday. Muli said the new parking fees are too expensive for operators.The chairman also said Governor Kinuthia Mbugua promised to be consulting matutu operators but so far he has been ignoring them on the matters of transport in the county.

"The new fees that we are being told to pay is too high because our incomes can not even support that," said Muli. According to a notice issued and signed by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and county secretary Joseph Motari, private car owners will be paying Sh100 daily up from Sh80.

Owners of lorries and PSV buses will have to part with Sh300 up from Sh160 while trailers they will be paying Sh500, Sh400 and Sh200 to get a parking in Nakuru, Naivasha, and Molo respectively.

Muli also took issues with the new ban imposed on PSV saying it has greatly affected their income during the festive season. He said that the Ministry of transport should extend the curfew hours saying that many people are forced to close their business early. "I feel the hours of the ban should be extended because most of our passengers are realy suffering," he said.

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