, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Motorists within Nairobi County might start paying Sh200 in parking fees later this year should a proposal by City Hall sail through the County Assembly.
According to the Nairobi County Treasury, parking will cost Sh200 from Sh300 if the County Assembly amends the Finance Bill.
The reduction of parking fees was one of Governor Mike Sonko’s election campaign pledges and the county is also seeking “to increase the number of parking spaces from 12,000 to 20,000 in a year’s time.”
He said this would encourage more motorists to drive into the city and increase revenue collection from parking fees.
The proposals are contained in the County Fiscal Strategy Paper 2018 due for debate before September 30th.
To increase the number of parking spaces in the city, City Hall is planning to utilise out-of-town spaces, private parking through partnerships, and build multi-storey parking lots.
Currently, the city has a total of 12,000 parking slots of which 10,399 are daily and seasonal ticket holders’ slots, while loading zones account for 1,601.
The county’s Bus Station has 59 parking slots.
According to the report, parking services earned the county Sh1.97 billion compared to a target of Sh3.54 billion in the 2016-17 financial year.