If you are a motorist in Nairobi, be ready to start paying hourly parking fee. This is according to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) which has started to create a pathway for the automated hourly charges following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi announced that facilities at Sunken Car Park, the law courts, Desai Road and Machakos Bus Station have already been automated.
“We have integrated the automation of Desai Road, Machakos Bus Station, Sunken Car Park and the Nairobi Law Courts Parking into the Nairobi Revenue Service Programme,” said Badi.
The new parking system is set to replace the old one where motorists have been used to paying a flat rate of Sh.200 per day
Badi further said that the Nairobi Metropolitan Service ( NMS) will construct termini and parking areas for public service vehicles on Waiyaki Way, Mombasa Road, Thika Road and Lang’ata Road. In March this year, the Kenya Revenue Authority took over the mandate of collecting all levies and taxes paid to City Hall for a two-year period up to March 16, 2022. Nairobi Hourly Parking Fees. This was following change of guard in Nairobi county leadership after Governor Sonko handed over the management of Nairobi County to the National government.
Badi also added that the Desai and Park roads termini which are under construction will be used by matatus from the Mt Kenya region after its completion in a bid to ease traffic flow into the Nairobi central business district (CBD).
The hourly parking fee is yet to be announced and motorists have to wait until the implementation of the directive is done. Many, however are worried that the thefee might exceed the daily Sh.200 they are used to.