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Nairobi traders to pay garbage fees as Uber hit with Sh300,000 levy

For garbage fees, salons and tailor shops will
For garbage fees, salons and tailor shops will pay Sh100 monthly, shops and shoemakers (Sh500), a restaurant in the central business district (Sh6,000), bars in CBD (Sh10,000), estate butcheries (Sh2,000) and petrol stations (Sh20,000). FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Nairobi Country Assembly on Wednesday approved City Hall Finance Bill hitting businesses with a monthly garbage collection with fast-growing taxi hailing operators expected to pay annual licences fees of up to Sh300,000.

Business will pay between Sh100 and Sh20,000 monthly as waste collection fees depending on size, nature and location.

But taxi-hailing operators on Uber and Taxify will pay between Sh50,000 and Sh300,000 annually as City Hall seeks to tap into the businesses.

Owners of malls will pay Sh500,000 annually while those seeking the yellow fever jab for foreign travel will pay Sh2,000, up from the current Sh1,500.

But small businesses will pay less for the food handling certificates with bars and restaurants paying Sh1,000 down from Sh7,000 per staff while for chips outlet and posho mills is down to Sh1,000 from a range of between Sh2,000 and Sh3,000.

The Bill cut impounding fees for motorcycles from Sh2,000 to Sh1,000 while car and matatu owners will part with Sh2,000 down from Sh5,000.

“After a thorough public participation we have given a lot of emphasis on reducing the burden on small and medium enterprises,” said a county assembly notice.

Disaster response fee for shops has been reduced to Sh1,000 from Sh4,500. Motorists will within 14 days start paying the lower parking fees of Sh200 from the current Sh300.

“As late as yesterday only 30 per cent of motorist paid for parking. People opted to corrupt the attendants with Sh100 and risk being clamped but by reducing the fee to Sh200 we are confident motorists will pay to avoid being clamped,” said Nairobi County Assembly Budget committee chairman Robert Mbatia

But operators of taxi-hailing firms will pay Sh50,000 annually for those who own less than 50 units, Sh100,000 for between 51 and 100 units and while those with more than 100 cars will part with Sh300,000.

“As it currently stands, the taxi-hailing app companies do not pay any operational licences,” said Mr Mbatia.

For garbage fees, salons and tailor shops will pay Sh100 monthly, shops and shoemakers (Sh500), a restaurant in the central business district (Sh6,000), bars in CBD (Sh10,000), estate butcheries (Sh2,000) and petrol stations (Sh20,000).

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