, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – An aspirant for the position of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has pledged to streamline transport and parking in the city if elected to run Kenya’s busiest metropolis.
Kidero says a proper parking system in the city – especially the Central Business District – would save time and revenues.
“It takes 31 minutes to get a parking as opposed to the average in the world which is 19 minutes and that leads to a huge loss. We do not have a mass transit transport system and hence it costs about 35 percent of revenue based on monthly wages as opposed to seven or eight percent for the rest of the world,” said Kidero.
Kidero indicated that building of high-rise parking lots was an effective way of handling the traffic flow within the city.
“We must do high-rise buildings as parking lots like we have at the Intercontinental Hotel and the city centre should actually be designated as a no-parking zone because of the commercial activities. There just needs to be pedestrian zones and looking into the future, I believe we need to ensure that construction is done outside the city and we decentralise the commercial services,” he pointed out.
Kidero expressed confidence of clinching the governorship position saying that his record speaks for itself.
“Nairobi needs to be planned so that it can accommodate and provide services that are required for the Nairobi people. It needs to be planned to attract investments, so that it is reflective of its status as a metropolis,” he said.
The City Council recently passed a resolution that will see the introduction of time-based parking charges.
The initiative came a month after it introduced e-payment of parking fees that is currently being piloted on Koinange Street.
During a full council meeting last week, city engineer Stephen Mburu told 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 and that the new method will improve traffic management leading to reduced traffic and increased turnover of cars in the city.
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 one hour.
Parking between two and three hours will attract a Sh80 fee and Sh130 for between three and four hours. If a motorists parks four to five hours, he will be required to pay Sh180, five to six hours Sh230, six to seven hours Sh300, seven to nine 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 two hours will cost motorists Sh50, up to 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 flopped.
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.