NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 – The Nairobi County Head of Parking Tom Tinega says increased parking fees imposed on motorists on Wednesday will have long term benefits as the extra funds will help the finance the city’s development.
Tinega stated that the revenue collected from parking which has increased from Sh140 to Sh300 will cater for other essential services which will in turn improve the livelihood of city residents.
“This time round, there will not be vehicles which are idle. There will be more space that has been created for those who want to do business in the city in a short time. Those taxis which stay in the parking lot for a week will no longer be there,” he said.
Apart from the CBD, motorists will pay Sh300 for parking in Westlands, Upperhill, Community, Ngara, Lavington, Yaya centre, Karen, Highridge, Industrial area, Gigiri, Kilimani, Milimani, Hurlingham.
“I believe that motorists in Nairobi have understood this as a positive thing since it will enable us create a city which needs people to do investment. All that is happening here is that our services to the Nairobi County will be offered effectively due to such levies,” Tinega enumerated.
Those parking in Buruburu shopping centre, Pangani, Muthaiga, Eastleigh, Ngong road, Kombo Munyiri, New Pumwani road, Kariokor, Ziwani shopping centre and Langata road will pay Sh200 a day.
The head of parking urged all motorists to take the increase positively as it is for their benefit.
“They should not believe that when these parking fees have been increased, it is just to punish anyone. It is to make sure that the services delivered by the county are essential and make sure that all of them get the services that they require,” he stated.
His sentiments were echoed by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who stated that it will enable Nairobi be self-sufficient.
“The cost of services is very high; the cost of cleaning the streets is high, the cost of providing security is also as high so there will be much to service with whatever we are asking motorists to pay,” the Governor said.
The increase of parking fees within the Nairobi CBD has been greeted with shock and surprise especially by motorists operating within the town centre.
Some of the motorists interviewed by Capital FM News say the new charges are too high and hurriedly implemented.
“I was very surprised when I was asked to pay Sh300 instead of Sh140 when I reached town. That is a lot of money and it should be reduced,” said Amos Mwangi.
Following the increment, taxi drivers have also indicated they may increase their charges.
“You should know that if levies are increased on your side, you also have to compensate for it by increasing the fee for your services so it will be the Kenyan who in the long run will be suffering.”
Seasonal tickets for taxis will cost Sh6,000 per month, private motor vehicles Sh5,000 a month, private cars – six months is Sh13,000; one year Sh45,000.