Sonko to Slap City Car Owners With New Parking Fee Rules

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. Twitter
  • Nairobi motorists should brace for changes in the parking fee rules if a new revenue-raising proposal presented by Governor Mike Sonko's Finance Executive Charles Kerich sails through.

    In the proposal, the car owners will start being charged the parking fees differently depending on the location, Daily Nation reports.

    For instance, those who will park their cars within the city center will part with Ksh400 per day, a 100 per cent increase from a previous charge of Ksh200.

    Those who will seek parking services out of the city centers and at business hubs like Karen, Gigiri, Industrial area, Westlands, Hurlingham among others will part with Ksh300 daily.

    Those who will park their vehicles at any other place other than the ones mentioned above will have to meet a daily charge of Ksh200.

    Nairobi County Finance Executive Charles Kerich.

    In defence of his proposal, Kerich explained that the move was necessary to expand revenue collection in the county especially after a dismal performance in the last financial year.

    He further added that the proposals were contained in the 2019 Finance Bill that is before the County Assembly's Budget Committee.

    "The proposals are what the county thinks can increase its revenue collection in the parking stream," argued Kerich.

    Previously, City Hall argued that traffic jam costs the city an estimated Ksh37 billion in fuel and lost man-hours.

    Parking fees have been the biggest source of revenue for Nairobi City Hall with collections of about Ksh2 billion annually.

    Parking attendants at work on a street in Nairobi.