Nairobi City Council has partnered with mobile
operators Yu Cash, Orange Money, and Airtel Money to launch an
e-payment parking trial to improve revenue collection.
Motorists parking on the central Koinange
Street will be able to pay parking fees via SMS, instead of
handing cash to a parking attendant. To register for the
service, drivers will have to send their personal details and
plate number via SMS to receive a PIN number, which will
then allow them to make payments using their mobile phone
The service is currently only available to
customers of the partnering mobile operator companies. Kenyan local
newspaper Business Daily reports that the council is also
in talks with
Safaricom, the largest operator in East Africa
and provider of the m-money transfer service m-Pesa, about
extending the service to its customers.
If the three-month trial is successful, the
project will be extended to other parts of the city in an
effort to improve the efficiency of parking fees collection.
According to local media, only 40% of parking fees currently reach
the city administration.