Daily parking fees are set to be scrapped, this is after Nairobi metropolitan services began automating parking facilities in the county towards the same.
The move will see Nairobi motorists start enjoying hourly car parking services. Currently, motorists are being charged Sh 200 daily for on street parking in the Central Business district (CBD).
General Mohammed Badi- the NMS director noted that they have automated sunken Car Park, Nairobi Law courts parking, Desai Road and Machakos Bus Station in line with the directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to have automated hourly car parking facilities in three areas in Nairobi.
“We have integrated the automation of Desai Road, Machakos Bus station, Sunken Car Park and Nairobi Law court parking into the Nairobi Revenue Service Progamme,” said Mr Badi.
Park mini road and Desai road, which are almost complete will be used as matatu termini, especially those from Mt Kenya region. This will ease the traffic flow into the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).
“To this end we have held discussions with stakeholders, especially National Treasury and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the Saccos operating in the Mt Kenya routes,” he noted.
NMS will construct Public Service Vehicle (PSV) termini and parking and lined facilities on Waiyaki way, Mombasa Road, Thika road and Lang’ata road.
Late last year, the county government called on the county government to introduce hourly charges for parking for motorists in the city centre to cushion them against increasing parking fees.
Mbugua Kabiro, a nominated MCA urged the county government to consider coming up with hourly ratings for parking in a bid to spread the new charges in a manner that would allow businessmen to conduct business without being drained by parking fees.
He noted the hourly charges will cushion those who frequent town for a limited time, who instead of paying Sh 200, will pay less.