Parking Fees Nairobi: Motorists in Nairobi are set to dig deeper into their pockets to cater for their parking. This is because parking fees in Nairobi will be doubled to Sh. 400 within the city centre by the counry government.
According to reports, the increase will happen if Nairobi County MCAs adopt the Governor Mike Sonko’s proposal to reverse the cutting of the rates last year.
“The move will also see parking charges of Sh. 200 introduced in residential areas with motorists paying Sh. 300 at shopping and business hubs. The hubs are listed as Upper Hill, Community, Westlands, Yaya Centre, Eastleigh, Industrial Area, Karen, Gigiri, Ngara and Hurlingham,” says a report that appeared in the Business Daily on Friday.
The report says that the upcoming rise is aimed at reversing the drop in Nairobi revenues and decongesting the Central Business District (CBD), says City Hall, adding that traffic jam is costing the city estimated Sh. 37 billion in fuel and lost man hours.
“The reduction in parking fees for street parking fees was the cornerstone of the amendments last year and has drastically reduced revenue collections from daily parking and increased congestion within the CBD,” said City Hall.
The report in the Business Daily further says:
“The county collected an estimated Sh. 10 billion in internal revenue against a target of Sh. 15 billion. The previous year’s collection was Sh. 10.1 billion.
The increased charges come a year after ward representatives shot down similar proposals last September and instead slashed it to Sh. 200.
The plans by the Mike Sonko-led administration to raise parking fees is not in tandem with his campaign promise of halving the charges to Sh. 150 from the then Sh. 300.
Parking fees is the biggest source of revenue for City Hall with collections of about Sh. 2 billion every year but corruption and collusion between parking attendants and motorists have denied the city administration the much needed millions of shillings it requires to fix many service lines.
City Hall has struggled to raise revenues needed to upgrade roads and clear garbage in a county that salaries gobble up more than 60 percent of its total income.”