Nairobi City County is set to re-introduce zonal parking rates, which may force Nairobi motorists to pay double the parking fees they are paying at the moment.

Motorists within Nairobi are currently paying a Sh200 flat rate fee for parking regardless of the zone.

This is likely to change especially with the Nairobi County Finance Bill set for debate on Tuesday.

The Bill seeks to introduce, among other parking suggestions, parking zones and hourly parking rates.

Motorists parking their vehicles within the CBD (Zone 1) will have to part with Sh400 parking fee for every 24 hours.

Motorists parking their vehicles in Zone 2 that encompasses Karen, Hurlingham, Lavington, Highridge, Industrial Area, Gigiri, Kilimani Upper Hill, Yaya Centre, Community, Milimani, Eastleigh and Ngara will pay Sh300 for the 24 hours.

Motorists parking their vehicles in Zone 3; these are the areas not covered in Zone1, Zone 2 or Zone 4 will pay Sh200 per day.

For Zone 4 motorists who wish to park their vehicles in areas that order other metropolitan counties, will be charged Sh100 for 24 hours.

As for the seasonal tickets, private vehicles will be required to pay Sh7,000 per month, Sh18,000 for three months or Sh32,000 for six months.

Buses and lorries weighing between 3-10 tonnes will pay Sh1000 for parking while trailers will pay Sh3,000.

Buses and lorries parked in non-street residential areas not included in the CBD and other areas will pay Sh500 and trailers will still pay Sh3,000 for the same.

Matatus or 42-seaters will pay Sh5,280 per month rising to Sh14,520 quarterly, Sh26,400 for six months and Sh,47,520 per year after getting 34 per cent discount

A  28 per cent discount will be given to 43 and above seaters with the operators paying Sh7,200 per month, Sh18,720 for three months rising to Sh34,560 for six months and Sh61,920 annually

Online taxis such as Uber, Bolt and Little Cab will be required to deduct parking fee from the source for all vehicles on their hailing platform monthly

The return of the zonal parking fees comes despite a court order barring the increment by the previous administration after the Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) went to court to stop the same.

However, Robert Mbatia, the Nairobi County Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee chair, said the court order does not stop NCC from implementing other fresh charges.

“The Finance Act of 2015, which was revised in the financial year ended June 30, 2019, was never stopped by the court,” Mbatia said.

The NCC draft parking policy also seeks to introduce time-based parking fees to raise parking revenue for the County and streamline parking services.

Should the proposal come to effect, motorists will pay between Sh75-Sh90 per hour for parking in the streets within the CBD while motorists parking off-steer will part with Sh100 per hour.

Motorists parking in other hubs of the City Centre will pay parking fees between Sh40 and Sh50.

Once the new levies are approved by the assembly, they will be forwarded to the Governor Ann Kananu to assent the bill or after fourteen days of its publication in the Kenya Gazette, the bill will take effect.