Matatu operators have urged Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to reduce seasonal parking fees for PSVs.
Led by Association of Matatu Operators (Nairobi CBD) chairman Jimal Ibrahim, the group said Sonko had promised to reduce the fees in his manifesto.
“We have negotiated with Sonko on crisis matters affecting this industry more than five times and he has heard us. It is only fair for him to hear us out again and reduce our seasonal parking fees,” Ibrahim said on Friday.
Daily parking fees for private vehicles were finally reduced from Sh300 to Sh200 from January 13 after a false start in December.
The Nairobi City County Finance Bill 2018 was passed in December by the city legislators and led to the reduction of private cars parking fees.
Ibrahim raised concerns over the order from City Hall notifying them of an increase in monthly seasonal parking fees.
Last week, operators were notified that fees for 14-seaters had increased by Sh2,000; Sh3,000 (33-seaters) and Sh2,500 for 51-seaters.
PSVs operators were paying a monthly fee of Sh7,250 for 51-seaters, Sh5,250 (33-seaters) and Sh3,200 for 14-seaters.
“We were shocked to learn about these new fees, but luckily, our able Governor Mike Sonko has called all the way from London and has directed that no new fee should be paid,” Ibrahim said.
Sonko is in London attending the Aids Free Cities Global conference.