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Parking fees shock for Nairobi motorists

Motorists in Nairobi got a rude shock on Wednesday after the decision to increase parking fees from Sh140 to Sh300 took effect.

The county government appeared to cash in on an expiry of a 15 day injunction the court had issued against the increment as the matter is resolved in court.

Motorists seeking monthly parking tickets will have to part with Sh5,000 up from Sh2,000; however, those who paid the latter fee in February are exempted from the new charges until the end of the month.

The new law raises parking fees for cars outside the Central Business District to Sh200 while parking in non-automated areas within the City Centre will go up by Sh200 to Sh400.

Automated parking will attract a Sh50 per hour charge and the daily parking fees goes up from Sh140 to Sh300.

Those on quarterly tickets are to pay Sh12,000; an increase from Sh5,500 while loss of your parking ticket will attract a fine of Sh1,000.

The High Court had suspended the implementation following an appeal by 26 Matatu Saccos.

The new parking fees regime is among a raft of changes expected to decongest the CBD (READ: Private cars to be banned from CBD)