Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has reintroduced the park and pay policy in the city center.
While speaking to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, the Acting Secretary FCT Transportation Secretariat, Usman Yahaya said reintroducing the on-street parking policy was to bring about sanity in the city.
It could be recalled that the park and pay system became a controversial issue about five years ago before a court judgment stopped the FCT Administration from further collecting fees from residents for on and off the street parking within the metropolis.
He explained that the on-street parking scheme, which will be managed by four companies will commence in May 2021.
Yahaya said, On-Street Parking Management was suspended on April 14, 2014 as a result of an FCT High Court ruling that declared the operation illegal because it was not specifically mentioned in the 2005 FCT Road Transport Regulation.
“Prior to the court judgment, the scheme was riddled with so many complexities. The Operators were variously accused of many underhand activities ranging from unprincipled, dubious, deceitful, unprofessional, and unscrupulous acts.
“It was based on these shortcomings that the Suntrust Savings and loans limited challenged the powers of the FCTA to impose levies on motorists that park their cars on FCT Streets. Justice Peter Affen in his judgment commended the park and pay scheme which was introduced for the purpose of effective traffic management as laudable but ruled that the scheme was unknown to the FCT Laws. He blamed the FCT Authorities for not backing the scheme with adequate laws.
“Investigations from both the Authority and the public revealed that the activities of ticketing clerks contributed in no small way to the public disdain for the scheme. They were variously accused of intentionally making themselves unavailable when motorists want to obtain tickets but resurfaced as soon as the vehicle owner leaves the scene out of frustration of not seeing the clerks.
“Clamping and towing of vehicles became the order of the day. This however informed the jubilant reactions of the public when the Court suspended the scheme. The scheme was riddled with so many complexities, the operators were accused of many ill acts, but we have resolved the issues, so in May this year the scheme will kick-off.
He said in the past seven years, the Administration had embarked on various measures aimed at addressing the concerns raised by the Court and the public with regards to the scheme, “the FCT Administration in collaboration with its legal team produced FCT Parking Regulations 2019 to amend the parking section of 2005 FCT Road Transport Regulations.
“The policy has been gazetted with the title Federal Capital Territory Parking Regulations,2019. With the new regulation, we are now ready to hit the streets. Let me at this point assure the public that the licensed Operators who you will see on the streets from 1 May 2020 are ‘Born Again’. Old things have passed away and everything now is new. They will serve you well. We as the regulators will be on our toes to ensure that they operate according to the laid down rules and regulations” he said.
The Acting Director stated that the four operators will cover the whole Federal Capital City which will be divided into districts for proper exercise.
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