, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – Motorists in Nairobi will from September 1 start paying parking fees using their mobile phones as City Hall implements the cashless payment system.
Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke stated that motorists will be required to create an e-wallet, which they will be topping up with money to pay for their parking using the available Android application on their phones.
He was speaking ahead of the pilot project set for next week where he pointed out that payments will also be made by dialling *217# or on the county government’s website at www.epayments.nairobi.go.ke
“If you have an Android phone, you can download the Nairobi City County Application from Google Play. We have our website which we also launched two months ago where you can register and make all your electronic payments for parking. We will be piloting from Monday, August 25,” he stated.
Mueke explained that this mode of payment will reduce corruption and increase the county’s revenue base.
“What our enforcers now will do is not collect money from motorists. They will just go around with a GPS enabled device, type in your number plate and be able to tell whether you have parked or not. If you have not paid, automatically your car will be a candidate for clamping and you can also pay your unclamping fees using the same channels through your phone or our website, so it is a really advanced system,” he said.
He stated that the system will enable motorists to pay for parking at their own convenience.
“That is going to completely change the way we run parking in the county. Most importantly it brings convenience to our motorists. We know motorists sometimes say that they cannot find our attendants who go hiding when it is time to pay parking only to clamp vehicles and extort money. That has now come to an end,” he said.
“We know sometimes motorists are clamped when they are not at fault and they have to part with something to be unclamped. All of that has now gone digital so it will be very convenient for motorists. And if you do not have money to pay for your parking, anyone, anywhere in the world will be able to pay for you.”
He pointed out that during the pilot programme, attendants will be at hand to assist motorists pay using the new system.
“We will be piloting from Monday, August 25 on Haile Selassie Avenue. So we are telling motorists who are parking there that we will have our attendants there to be able to help you. We have printed and distributed fliers to motorists who are coming into town that shows you the channels you can use to pay for parking,” he stated.
“It is pretty simple, you just pay your parking after which you get an sms saying you have paid, receipts are optional but if you want one, you can log onto our website and print it out.”
Last month, the Nairobi County Government also launched a platform for Public Service Vehicles (PSV) owners to pay for their seasonal tickets online.
Mueke explained that this will reduce time wastage at payment points across the county.
He further stated that this will reduce corruption in the sector and triple revenue which will in turn enhance service delivery to Nairobi residents.
He indicated that the platform has also been made available to all of City Hall tenants.
He indicated that motorists and rent payers can do so through the county government’s online platform by logging into the website address, https://epayments.nairobi.go.ke then selecting parking or house and markets from the menu on the left panel.
They can then enter the e-wallet PIN and amount to pay then confirm the transaction after which an SMS notification for successful payment will be received.
Mueke said the revolutionary platform will offer convenience for Nairobi residents in payments of services as well plug loopholes for rent-payment.