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Parking fees revenue has doubled, county

Revenue from parking has doubled in the last eight months even as the county plans to extend the collection to into estates on the periphery of the Central Business District.

Nairobi county chief accountant in-charge of Parking Department Tom Tinega said collections have risen from Sh63 million in April last year to the current Sh130 million.

He parking fees is the second main source of revenue in the county after rates and licences.

“Sealing past loopholes, training parking attendants and getting the right people to man the parking is what has doubled the monthly parking collection from 63 million to 130 million per month since April 2013,” Mr Tinega said.

In a statement, Mr Tinega said “we hope to further support the activities of the county government through our collections as soon as we expand the parking areas within the county.”

Mr Tinega said areas outside the CBD where the county wants to start collecting parking fees include Buruburu shopping centre, Eastleigh, Pangani, Muthaiga, Ngong Road, Kombo Munyiri, Pangani Road, Langata, Kariokor, Kasarani and Ziwani shopping centre.

Parking fees in the new areas will be Sh200 per day, Mr Tinega said.

Currently, the peripheral areas where parking fees is collected include Westlands, Upperhill, Community, Industrial area, Ngara, Gigiri, Lavington and Karen.

Mr Tinega said the new parking fees of Sh300 per day will be effected immediately the court rules in their favour.

He said the new rates could be effected as early as February.

“The new fees will not only de-congest the CBD, but will increase business within the county. We want Nairobians to only drive into the city when they must and once done with their business they move from the parking,” Mr Tinega said.

He urged the city residents “to car-pool and avoid bringing all family cars daily into the CBD, as we focus on providing essential service to the City residents.”