Over the past few days, the Nairobi Expressway has been hit by huge traffic snarl ups. On Tuesday May 25, the Expressway had a traffic jam that stretched for over 5 kilometres.
It now emerges that part of the main reason why there are jams on the Expressway is cunning motorists who are getting on the Expressway only to claim that they are too broke to pay up.
Reports quoting Moja Expressway say that there are also Kenyans who are insisting on using mobile money to pay even though they are aware that mobile money is not accepted. Moja Expressway is the firm in charge of the road’s management.
The firm has been scanning cars at the entry point and charging the toll fees at the vehicle exit points.
Following these inconveniences, Moja is contemplating introducing collateral payments for users who claim they don’t have money to pay after getting on the Expressway. These collateral will range from laptops to mobile phones.
“We are still on trial period so definitely we are taking note of these issues and what we can do about them. At the entrance, they are reminded they will have to pay using cash.They can give a collateral and later on come to pay at the service center,” a source from Moja Expressway was quoted by local media.
Motorists using the road that links Mlolongo to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) will pay between Sh. 120 and Sh. 1,800 when official operations begin.
High-capacity vehicles like transit lorries will pay between Sh. 600 and Sh .1,800 to use the expressway depending on distance traveled on the road, while low-capacity vehicles like saloon cars will pay between Sh. 120 and Sh. 360.
Mototists traveling from Capital Centre to the JKIA will pay Sh. 180, up from Sh. 160. Traveling from the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) station in Mlolongo and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Westlands has been increased to Sh. 300 from Sh. 260.
From the Eastern Bypass, it will cost Sh. 180 to Mlolongo, Sh. 120 to JKIA, Sh. 120 to the Southern Bypass, Sh. 240 to Museum Hills and Sh. 300 to Westlands from the JKIA.
From the Southern Bypass, motorists will pay Sh. 180 to JKIA, Sh. 120 to Eastern Bypass, Sh. 180 to Museum Hill, Sh. 180 to Westlands and Sh. 240 to James Gichuru.
From Haile Selassie to JKIA motorists will pay Sh. 240, Sh. 300 to SGR, Sh 180 to Eastern Bypass, Sh. 120 to Southern Bypass, Sh. 120 to Capital Centre, Sh. 120 to Museum Hill, Sh. 120 to Westlands and Sh. 180 to James Gichuru.
From Museum Hill to JKIA and Eastern Bypass, motorists will be charged Sh. 240, Sh. 300 to Mlolongo and SGR, Sh. 180 to Southern Bypass and Sh. 120 to Capital Centre and Haile Selassie.
Salon cars using the Expressway from Mlolongo to the James Gichuru exit in Westlands will pay Sh. 360 from Sh. 310.