Nairobi motorists are set to enjoy reduced parking fees from the current 300 shillings to 200 shillings from Next week.
The move comes after Nairobi Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko issued the directive that is meant to benefit saloon cars that will be parked within Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) and other public parking spaces within the county.
Governor Sonko confirmed that the county’s Treasury has already factored in the reduced fee, which City Hall had proposed to be increased to 400 shillings last month, in the County’s Finance Bill, 2018 that is currently with the county assembly.
“After consultations with various stakeholders, including the ward representatives, we have agreed to slash the parking fees in order not to overburden motorists,” said Governor Sonko on Tuesday.
Sonko said they will review the fees after ongoing projects to decongest the city are completed.
He admitted to the fact that the move to increase parking fees will end up increasing congestion within the city.
“I know reducing the fees will increase congestion but we cannot punish Nairobians because projects like BRT and bus termini construction are still ongoing,” he said.
Reduced parking fees come as a great relief to motorists on expenses that rose in September after the introduction of an eight percent value-added tax on fuel and the rising crude oil prices at the time.
A litre of petrol is currently retailing at 118.60 shillings in Nairobi, up from 108 shillings in August.
City Hall has struggled to raise revenues needed to upgrade roads and clear garbage in a county.