FCTA sus­pends ‘Park & Pay ‘ scheme

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ben Atonko

The FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) yes­ter­day sus­pended the Park and Pay scheme, which was ruled il­le­gal by an Abuja High Court Thurs­day last week.

In his judg­ment, Jus­tice Peter Af­fen held that the pol­icy was not backed by law.

A firm, Sun Trust Sav­ings and Loans Limited had chal­lenged the le­gal­ity of the pol­icy.

A state­ment by the Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia to the FCT Min­is­ter Nosike Og­buenyi said the sus­pen­sion was in re­spect of the court judg­ment

Nosike said, “As a law abid­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion that strongly be­lieves in the rule of law, the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­cided to com­ply with the judg­ment of the court.

“By this de­ci­sion, all the oper­a­tors li­censed by the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion have been di­rected to im­me­di­ately sus­pend the oper­a­tion of the scheme to give full ef­fect to the judg­ment.”

FCT Min­is­ter Bala Mo­hammed in Dec. 2011 in­tro­duced Park and Pay in Abuja where ve­hi­cle own­ers within the main city would pay a min­i­mum fee of N50 for park­ing.

This pol­icy makes it manda­tory for all ve­hi­cle own­ers to pay a fee of N50 for ev­ery 30 min­utes be­tween the hours of 7:00am to 7:00pm that their cars re­main parked along the road.

Fail­ure to pay this N50 would in­cur the wrath of traf­fic of­fi­cials who clamped ve­hi­cles and de­manded N15, 000 fine.

This pol­icy gen­er­ated anger among mo­torists. Many mo­torists de­scribed it as a form of ex­tor­tion.

But govern­ment al­ways in­sisted that the scheme en­abled ef­fec­tive traf­fic man­age­ment and con­trol and that it is in tune with the stan­dard prac­tice in many mega cities around the world.

Nosike re­vealed that FCTA will re­view the FCT Road Trans­port Reg­u­la­tion, 2005 to clear the le­gal en­cum­brance and cap­ture the on­street park and pay scheme.

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