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Nairobi breaks car parking fees cartel

A clamped car in Nairobi. City Hall automated parking fees collection to stem revenue theft. file photo | nmg
A clamped car in Nairobi. City Hall automated parking fees collection to stem revenue theft. file photo | nmg 

Nairobi County reached its daily revenue target of Sh2 million from parking following a crackdown Tuesday that sought to curb collusion between its workers and motorists.

The operation, in which vehicles whose whose owners had not paid parking fees were clamped, was carried out by the county secretary, all chief officers and the revenue enforcement team in the CBD, Westlands and Industrial Area.

Speaking at the CBD, head of the revenue enforcement team John Ntoiti said the operation resumed in the city after  parking revenue went down.

City Hall automated parking fees collection to stem revenue theft, but collusion between motorists and Nairobi County employees saw car owners avoid paying the Sh300 fees.

“We have hit the target of Sh2 million from the historic Sh1.4 million. Our revenue has been stagnant and now we want to ensure that the team leading this operation will not relent until all our dues are paid,” said Dr Ntoiti.

A total of 36 vehicles in the CBD, 40 in Westlands and over 20 in Industrial Area were clamped Tuesday, he said adding that the increased parking revenue was a sign that the county can meet its targets.

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