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City Hall set to introduce time based parking charges

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 00:00 -- STEPHENE SANGIRA
City council E Ticketing
A driver tries sign in to the new electronic paying system launched by the city council.Photo/Charles Kimani

The Nairobi City Council has passed a resolution that will see the introduction of time-based parking charges.

This comes a month after it introduced e-payment of parking fees that is currently being piloted on Koinange Street.

During a full council meeting last Thursday evening, city engineer Stephen Mburu told the council members that the current one-off  payment system is not only inefficient, but also unsustainable. Motorists pay Sh140 for on-street parking and Sh200 for off-street.

 Mburu said the proposed parking is used in shopping malls and airports. The new method, he said,  will improve traffic management leading to reduced traffic and increased turnover of cars in the city.

He said the proposed system will also lead to increase in revenue.

Motorists will also benefit as the method will make easy to get parking space in the city, Mburu said. 

The proposal was unanimously endorsed by council members.

The areas to be affected are the central business district, downtown Nairobi, Westlands, Industrial Area and Ngara.

In these areas classified as Zone 1, motorists will pay Sh30 for up to 1 hours. They will pay Sh50 for parking for between one and two hours, they will pay 50, Sh80 for between two to three hours and Sh130 for between three and four hours.

If a motorists parks 4 to 5 hours, s/he will be required to pay Sh180, 5 to 6 hours Sh230, 6 to 7 hours Sh300, 7 to 9 hours Sh380.

Also to be included in the new rating in areas classified as Zone B will be Nairobi West, South B and C shopping centres where parking for up to 2 hours will costs motorists Sh50, upto fours hours will be Sh70 while the whole day will cost Sh100.

This is the latest attempt by City Hall to raise parking fees, after an earlier proposal to peg it on a standard Sh300.

Judge Weldon Korir quashed the October 15, 2010 Gazette notice which purported to increase parking fees from Sh140 to Sh300 per day, saying that the charges breached guidelines in the Traffic Act on how the council should levy parking fees.

The judge said the council was abusing its by-laws and ruled that unless it installs parking meters, its attempts to increase parking fees would have no basis in law.

He made the ruling after some public service vehicles (matatu) operators went to court challenging the council’s move to increase the fees by 200 per cent.