Vehicles in the Nairobi CBD. The CBD is classified as Zone I in a proposed new structure that will see parking attract higher fees. [Photo/ NMG]
Vehicles in the Nairobi CBD. The CBD is classified as Zone I in a proposed new structure that will see parking attract higher fees. [Photo/ NMG]

The Governor Ann Kananu-led Nairobi County has initiated a push to raise parking fees in a move that could see motorists pay as much as twice the amount they currently do.

The Nairobi County Assembly will have to approve the new levies proposed in the Nairobi City County Finance Bill, 2021, before they can take effect. The county government hopes the move will help it meet its Ksh2.8 billion annual revenue target from parking fees, having collected around Ksh1.5 Billion in the financial year ended June 2021.

The bill creates zones with different parking fees for each. City Hall currently charges motorists Ksh200 in daily parking fees regardless of where the vehicle is parked.

Under the proposed structure, you will have to part with Ksh400 to park in the Central Business District (CBD) or Kijabe Street, classified as Zone I.

Zone II encompasses Upper Hill, Ngara, Yaya Centre, Westlands, Highridge, Industrial Area, Gigiri, Kilimani, Milimani, Hurlingham, Lavington, Eastleigh and Karen. Parking in this zone will attract a daily fee of Ksh300.

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Areas bordering the county are classified as Zone IV – and attract a Ksh100 daily parking fee. Zone III includes all areas not included in Zones I, II and IV and will attract a daily parking fee of Ksh200.

Ride hailing apps will be required to deduct parking fees for all vehicles on their platform every month. Buses will be charged Ksh1,000 a day.

Lorries weighing between three and 10 tonnes will also be charged Ksh1,000 a day. Trailers will part with Ksh3,000. On-street parking in residential areas not included in the city centre and other zones will see buses and lorries part with Ksh500 while trailers will pay Ksh3,000.

Seasonal tickets will also be available for private vehicles at Ksh7,000 a month, Ksh18,000 for three months or Ksh32,000 for six months

Loss of tickets, whether off-street or seasonal, will cost motorists Ksh1,000 per ticket .

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