PSV operators vow not to pay new parking fee
31 December 2013, 10:13
Nakuru - Matatu owners and Taxi drivers operating in Nakuru town have vowed not to pay the new imposed parking fees by the county government.
Speaking on Monday afternoon in Nakuru town during a press briefing, Stephen Muli, the chairman of Central Rift PSV transporters said they were not consulted by the governor over the increasing of the parking fees.
“We have all agreed that we are not going to pay any new parking fees until the governor consult us on these issues because we are the key stakeholders,” he said.
Muli said the new parking fees was too high adding that the current economy can not support the new amount of parking fee being charged.
The chairman also said governor Kinuthia Mbugua promised to be consulting matutu operators but so far he has been ignoring them on the matters of transport in the county.
“The new fees that we are being told to pay is too high because our incomes can not even support that,” said Muli.
According to a notice issued and signed by Mbugua and county secretary Joseph Motari, private car owners will be paying KES 100 daily up from KES 80.
Owners of canters and PSV buses will have to part with KES 300 up from KES 160 while owners of trailers they will be paying KES 500, KES 400 and KES 200 to get a parking space in Nakuru, Naivasha, and Molo respectively.
Muli also took issues with the new ban imposed on PSV saying it has greatly affected their income during the festive season.
He said that the Ministry of transport should extend the curfew hours saying that many people are forced to close their business early.
“I feel the hours of the ban should be extended because most of our passengers are really suffering,” he said.
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