NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – The Nairobi County Government has issued a seven-day notice to about 1,500 taxi drivers operating illegally in the Central Business District to regularise their operations or be phased out.
Speaking to Capital FM News on Wednesday, the County Secretary in charge of Roads and Transport Evans Ondieki stated that the taxi operators lack requisite licences and do not pay for their seasonal tickets.
“The Nairobi City County has given notice to all taxi operators working in Nairobi illegally to come to City Hall and regularise their operations by paying the requisite fee of Sh6,000 failure to which they will be removed from the streets after the expiry of the notice of seven days and we know most of them do not pay; they are operating illegally,” he said.
He indicated that by operating illegally, many genuine businessmen were denied the opportunity to make money.
“They deny us the funds and also those who have obeyed the law to operate legally the opportunity to do business within the required framework. We want them to regulate themselves so that we can ensure a conducive environment to do business in Nairobi,” he said.
He invited them to visit City Hall and ensure that their businesses comply with the laid down county laws.
“If we find anybody or any passengers taking the illegal taxis, we will arrest them both and take them to court. You need to realise the fact that we should pay Caesar’s dues to Caesar; then he can take his income home. We do not want a situation where people come and benefit from the City County Services and they are paying nothing,” he warned.
The directive comes at a time when the parking fees for motorists and taxi drivers in the CBD have risen to Sh300.
This is after an appeal challenging the fee increase from Sh140 to Sh300 failed proceed.
Lorries are being charged Sh1,000 per day. The county government passed a law to increase fees for saloon cars parked in the CBD to Sh300 and Sh200 for those outside the CBD.
Saloon cars parked in Westlands, Ngara, Highridge, Upper Hill, Community, Industrial Area, Gigiri, Lavington and Karen will attract the same fee as those in the CBD.