How City Hall raised Sh200k daily from rogue motorists in CBD – PHOTOS
The Nairobi County realised Sh200, 000 daily this week from an operation that targeted city motorists who defaulted payment of parking fees in the city centre.
Operation Clampdown saw city askaris clamp vehicles in the city centre after it emerged that motorists have been colluding with parking attendants to evade paying parking fees.
The operation was part of efforts to seal loopholes in revenue collections.
HIGH NUMBER OF DEFAULTERS
During the operation, the number of motorists who had defaulted was so high, city askaris ran out of clamping devices. On Thursday alone, they clamped 60 vehicles in the Central Business District, River Road, Kirinyanga Road and Accra Road.
Speaking to Nairobi News, the Revenue Enforcement Team chairman Dr John Ntoiti blamed the indiscipline and impunity of motorists as a major hindrance to providing services to city residents.
The typical routine of defaulting motorists is to arrive in the city centre early in the morning and park near their offices. They have recruited security guards who give them warning signals when a parking attendant on patrol is seen.
PARK NEAR OFFICES
“Most of the car owners park near their offices and place someone to checkout for city officials. Once they spot parking attendants on patrol, they rush to pay through the mobile platform,” said Dr Ntoiti.
Other motorists collude with the parking attendants by offering Sh200 instead of paying Sh 300 through the mobile payment plaform.
Dr Ntoiti said the operation will go on in the next three months in a bid to raise the county revenue collection. He said that the enforcement team will also continue evicting tenants from City Hall residential houses.
On Tuesday, some tenants in Woodley Estate were thrown out of their over rent arrears.