25 August 2014

Kenya: Trials Begin for Nairobi Parking E-Pay

Nairobi — The pilot project for the cashless payment of parking fees in Nairobi was launched on Haile Selassie Avenue on Monday.

Jambopay Chief Executive Officer, Danson Muchemi says the five-day exercise will see motorists pay for their parking using their mobile phones or through agents located strategically on the street.

Muchemi says motorists will be required to sign up by dialling *217# or on the county government's website at www.epayments.nairobi.go.ke

He points out that motorists will be required to create an electronic wallet, which they will be topping up with money to pay for their parking using the available Android application on their phones.

"Essentially we have provided that you create an e-wallet. You can do it through your mobile phones, once you have that wallet and which you create only once you can top up with that using various methods. However it is necessary for motorists to understand that there is needed to create the e-wallets early," he advised.

Muchemi says that payments may also be made through M-PESA, Airtel money, Yu-cash and Orange money explaining that this will reduce time wastage at payment points across the county.

He further stated that this will reduce corruption in the sector and triple revenue which will in turn enhance service delivery to Nairobi motorists.

"Every transaction that is coming through, there is a report where County Officers are able to view the collection done every five seconds and that curbs a lot of corruption. There is also increased revenue and with increased revenue which is going where it should go that will increase development," he said.

A few people lauded the initiative saying that it will reduce corruption and increase their convenience.

"At least now the issue of waiting for attendants will reduce time, now that I've paid I can park anywhere in town and then you do not need to display ant receipt," says Chege.

"I prefer the cashless payment because I will be able to pay for it without the hustle of the county officers, I just pay for it and pack... it's as easy as that!" says Michael.

"It saves time for both the county officers and the ordinary Kenyan because we used to queue so much and sometimes their services was very poor I should say," says James.

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