Court stops FCT ‘Park and Pay’ scheme

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) Abuja High Court yes­ter­day or­dered that the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ‘Park & Pay’ pol­icy should be stopped forth with.

Jus­tice Peter Af­fen while de­liv­er­ing the judg­ment held that the ‘Park & Pay’ Pol­icy was il­le­gal say­ing that there was no law back­ing its oper­a­tion.

The plain­tiff - Sun­Trust sav­ings & loan had dragged the FCT Min­is­ter, the Federal Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (FCDA), In­te­grated Park­ing Ser­vices limited, (IPS) and Na­jec Safe Ser­vice limited to court chal­leng­ing the va­lid­ity of the FCT Min­is­ter’s “Park and Pay” pol­icy.

The court ruled that the law the oper­a­tors of the pol­icy used was not en­acted by any arm of govern­ment and there­fore can­not be of any ef­fect.

Un­der the pol­icy, mo­torists who de­sire to park at des­ig­nated lo­ca­tions are made to pay cer­tain amount of money rang­ing from N50 to N500.

How­ever, the pol­icy has largely been un­der­mined by al­le­ga­tions of ex­tor­tion and forced il­le­gal and du­bi­ous elec­tronic park­ing fees on mo­torists and ha­rass­ment.

Plain­tiff ’s lawyer, Bar­ris­ter Ekene Ok­wubanego while re­act­ing to the court’s de­ci­sion, said that his clients were happy and pleased.

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