Nairobi blocked from doubling parking fees

By Sheila Mutua On Wed, 3 Mar, 2021 17:47 | < 1 min read
Nairobi City
An aerial photo of Nairobi City taken from the Central Business District on March 3, 2021. PHOTO | JOEL MUINDE

High Court has extended orders stopping Nairobi City County from increasing Nairobi parking fees for private cars from Sh200 to Sh 400.

In the ruling issued on Wednesday, March 3, Justice Anthony Mrima also extended orders stopping the city government from increasing seasonal fees for matatu operators.  

Cofek, through their lawyer Henry Kurauka and Matatu Owners Associations, argued that the increment of fees was unfair, unreasonable, exorbitant, and lacked public participation in accordance with Article 10 of the Constitution.  

The consumer rights agency moved to court two years ago to block City Hall’s decision to double the parking levy.

Kurauka told the court that the purported notice by the Nairobi County government to increase the parking fees was unreasonable, illegal and offends the spirit of the Constitution and if new charges are implemented, the rights of consumers will be greatly infringed.

 “The Kenyan economy has shrunk compelling the Central Bank of Kenya to cut its projected growth rate for this year. 

The timing of increasing parking charges is wrong and hurriedly implemented without proper and adequate notice to the public,” he argued.

 The notice that was to take effect on December 4, 2019, also raised seasonal parking rates. 

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