The Excessive Courtroom has prolonged orders stopping Nairobi Metropolis County authorities from rising parking charges for personal automobiles and public service autos (PSVs).
Justice Anthony Mrima mentioned the order dated December 30, 2019 suspending county authorities’s determination to extend costs from Sh200 to Sh400 for personal automobiles ought to stay in drive till April 21, 2021.
Additionally suspended is the devolved unit’s determination to lift seasonal parking charges for matatus. Charges for 14-seater PSVs had been elevated from Sh3,650 to Sh5,000, 32-seater (from Sh5,250 to Sh8,000), and 51-seater autos (buses) from 7,500 to Sh10,000.
Justice Mrima has mentioned the suspension will stay in drive till two petitions lodged by the Matatu Homeowners Affiliation (MOA) and the Client Federation of Kenya (Cofek) are heard for instructions.
The 2 foyer teams filed the circumstances following a discover issued by Metropolis Corridor on December 2, 2019 asserting the charges’ increment. The increment was on the power of the Finance Act, 2019.
By means of lawyer Henry Kurauka, the teams argue that the increment of charges was unfair, unreasonable, exorbitant and lacked public participation in accordance with Article 10 of the Structure.
Of their petitions, they state that if the proposed adjustments had been carried out, the rights of shoppers can be drastically violated.
Mr Kurauka argued that the choice requiring PSVs to pay extra to entry town centre would lead to raised fares, which might damage commuters’ journey plans and expenditure.
He mentioned it could additionally damage shoppers searching for transport and parking providers throughout the central enterprise district.
“The Kenya financial system has shrunk compelling the Central Financial institution of Kenya to chop its projected development charge for this yr. The timing of accelerating parking charges is incorrect and hurriedly carried out with out correct and sufficient discover to the general public,” Cofek says in its courtroom papers.
The lawyer added that the majority motorized vehicle house owners can’t afford to pay the elevated parking costs due to harsh financial actuality in Kenya.