Blow to Sonko as court suspends plan to hike parking fees to Ksh.400

Blow to Sonko as court suspends plan to hike parking fees to Ksh.400

The High Court has temporarily halted the planned parking fees hike in Nairobi County.

This follows a suit where the Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) objected the county’s plans to double parking fees within the central business district from Ksh.200 to Ksh.400.

Through their lawyer Henry Kurauka, COFEK termed the moved by City Hall as unconstitutional.

According to Kurauka, the Mike Sonko-led county failed to involve the public before reaching the decision.

COFEK added that the notice was too short, unreasonable, punitive and discriminatory given that the new parking fees were to take effect today, December 4, 2019.

The Nairobi County administration had divided parking areas into three zones among them the City Centre and Kijabe which were to attract the highest parking rates of Ksh.400 daily.

Owners of private vehicles were to be charged Ksh.7,000 for a seasonal parking ticket of one month.

A three month ticket would have cost Ksh.18,000 while six-month ticket would have cost Ksh. 32,000.

Annual tickets were to cost Ksh.55,000.

Buses, which are not public service vehicles, were to be charged Ksh.1,000 per day to park in the city centre.

Motorists were to be charged Ksh.200 to park in other commercial centres categorised as Zone 2.

The Zone 2 areas outside the CBD include Westlands, Upperhill, Community, Ngara, Highridge, Industrial area, Gigiri, Kilimani, Yaya Centre, Allsops, Mwiki, Dagoreti, Kawangware, Kangemi, South B, South C, Nairobi West,Lang’ata, Madaraka, Makadara, Buru Buru, Umoja, Kayole, Embakasi, Donholm, Muthaiga, Milimani, Hurligham, Lavington, Karen and Eastleigh.

The matter is set for hearing on January 21, 2020.

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