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Court extends deferment of increase of parking fees

The High Court has extended the postponement of parking fees increase in Nairobi City.

The County Government had initially proposed to increase the fee for all vehicles from Sh200 to 400. However, in December 2019 the decision concerning the increment was suspended.

According to Justice Anthony Mrima, Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will be enjoined in the case scheduled for May 3 as an Interested Party.

The new charges were publicized by the Mike Sonko administration after the passage of the Finance Act 2019. The Financial Act comprised new tax measures aimed at increasing government revenue.

The new rates were to become effective on December 4, 2020, following City Hall’s public notice issued on December 2, 2020. The notice was signed by county parking services director Tom Tinega.

The charges were to be raised from Sh 200 to Sh 400 for cars and PSV vehicles within the CBD.

Non-PSV buses were to pay Sh 1000.

Matatu Owners Association and the Consumer Federation of Kenya filed the petitions. They were represented by lawyer Henry Kurauka.

They claimed that the rates would burden individuals who looking for parking within CBD. They also proposed that the notice was short, ridiculous and inconsiderate to take effect almost immediately.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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