Nairobi proposes mobile phone parking system
- Parent Category: Mobile
- Published on 21 August 2012
The City Council of Nairobi (CCN) is seeking to have motorists in Kenya's capital Nairobi pay for parking fees via mobile phones to end corruption.
The CCN has signed an e-Payment services agreement with mobile service provider YU; while Safaricom, Airtel and Orange are expected to also join the initiative, according to reports by Capital FM.
Motorists will use their mobile phones to key in details about their vehicle, make payments and get a receipt.
The service, which are expected to be launched on Wednesday, could eliminate any transaction of cash between parking attendants and motorists.
“You will be able to key in the number plate of your vehicle.
“The next question then will be how you want to pay - do you want to pay through a payment retention ID or pay using E-Value?
"Once you have paid, then you will receive a receipt on your phone that shows the amount and the vehicle number plate. You do not have to have anything displayed,” explained Gideon Omodho, a consultant.
With this service motorists would be able to pay for parking services of one day to a month and choose a parking spot.
“The parking supervisor will receive information on his phone whether a vehicle parked has complied with the payment system. If it has not, it will be recorded and the system will have taken note that you are a person attempting to avoid payment,” said town clerk, Roba Duba.
Vehicles that are not compliant will be clamped after attendants receive information via their phones.
“Once they query that into the data base, it will be able to respond automatically to the clamper if you are non-compliant and then they will clamp your vehicle,” said Omodho.
Omodho said the CCN is also trying to link up the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Registrar of Lands. This would allow the CCN to get information about owner of vehicles that have not paid parking fees.
“We are able through the mobile phone providers to send a message to the person that his or her vehicle is non-compliant,” Omodho concluded.