Nothing goes down in price in Kenya. Motorists parking their vehicles in the CBD and along Kijabe Street in Nairobi will have to pay double parking fees owing to new rules that take place in accordance to the Nairobi county Finance Act 2019.
A notice from the county director of parking fees, Tom Tinega, parking in the CBD and along Kijabe Street will cost a motorist Ksh400 compared up from Ksh200, in accordance with the Finance Act that was passed by the county assembly on September 25.
According to the Act, the CBD and Kijabe Street are categorized as Zone One therefore attracting higher parking fees than the rest of the city.
However, the motorists who park their cars in Zone II are on the lucky side as their parking fees stands untouched at only Ksh200.
Zone II areas include: Westlands, Ngara, Kilimani, Highridge, Yaya Centre, Upperhill, Community, Mwiki, Dagoretti, Lang’ata, Madaraka, Makadara, Buruburu, Umoja, Kayole, Muthaiga, Milimani, Donholm, Hurlingham, Lavington, Kangemi, South B, C, Kawangware, Karen, Allsops and Eastleigh.
Those who park in commercial zones that are out of Zone 1 and II will pay Sh100 per day.
The rates for buses (non-matatu) will also stand at Sh1,000 per day.
In a report by the Business Daily on July 24, the county government indicated that the change was aimed at reversing the drop in Nairobi revenues and decongesting the Central Business District (CBD), adding that traffic jams were costing the city estimated Ksh37 billion in fuel and lost man-hours.
“The reduction in parking fees for street parking fees was the cornerstone of the amendments last year and has drastically reduced revenue collections from daily parking and increased congestion within the CBD,” read a statement from City Hall as quoted by the Business Daily.