6 February 2014

Kenya: Motorists Slam New Nairobi Parking Fees

Photo: Bruce Hamilton
Downtown Nairobi (file photo).

Motorists in Nairobi have criticised the new parking fees of Sh300 per day up from Sh140. They said the fee is too high and it is the wrong way to stop congestion in the city.

A parking attendant, Stephene Mbatia, said he reported to work at the City Inspectorate Department and found his bosses had already printed the new parking tickets and handed them to him.

"I don't know when they printed the new tickets. But I think my bosses were waiting and praying that the appeal filed in court fails," Mbatia said.

Nairobi City county increased the parking fees after an appeal by 26 matatu Saccos challenging the new rates was dismissed on Tuesday.

Mbatia said many motorists were caught unaware and had no option but to pay the new fee. Victor Kimani, a motorist, said the county government should plan and allocate more space for parking instead of hiking the fee.

"People will still adjust and get used to the Sh300. They don't want taxis to be in the city yet they are a source of livelihood for many people. They are becoming overambitious yet they should implement all the plans that are there to end congestion in the the city," he said.

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