Nairobi Parking Cost: Motorists in Nairobi will start paying Sh. 100 per hour for parking in a new parking formula that has been developed by the City Hall.
According to the new rates, motorists will pay Sh. 100 per hour to park on off-street spaces which are deemed attractive for the relative safety of vehicles from theft and vandalism. Parking at on-street parking slots south of Kenyatta Avenue and west of Moi Avenue will cost Sh. 90 every hour while parking in other areas will see motorists part with Sh. 75 per hour. Parking hubs outside of the city centre will cost Sh. 50 per hour while parking in other areas will cost Sh. 40 per hour. Currently, motorists are being charged a flat rate daily on-street parking fee of Sh. 200 in the city centre.
In the city centre and areas around shopping centres or houses, parking periods will be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. In other regulated areas the parking periods will be between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
This means that parking a vehicle from 8am to 6pm will cost at least Sh. 1,000 going by the hourly rates or Sh. 1,200 if the vehicle is parked until the regulated time of 8pm.
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The Nairobi County will also move to regulate parking in areas such as Upper Hill, Community, Westlands, Yaya Centre, Eastleigh, Karen, Gigiri, Ngara, and Hurlingham. “In these areas, regulation is needed to guarantee urban quality and to provide chances of sustainable means of transport. In the regulated areas, parking on public spaces has a price. The price is higher, the longer the parking duration,” a policy document said.
Nairobi started mulling over charging hourly parking fees in July 2020 when the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) started to create a pathway for the automated hourly charges following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi then said that facilities at Sunken Car Park, the law courts, Desai Road and Machakos Bus Station had already been automated. “We have integrated the automation of Desai Road, Machakos Bus Station, Sunken Car Park and the Nairobi Law Courts Parking into the Nairobi Revenue Service Programme,” said Badi.