Park & Pay: Mo­torists ad­vised to re­trieve im­pounded ve­hi­cles

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ben Atonko

Mo­torists in the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) whose ve­hi­cles were im­pounded un­der the Park and Pay pol­icy have been ad­vised to go and re­trieve their cars or they will be de­clared as aban­doned property.

Speak­ing in Abuja, last week, the Sec­re­tary of Trans­port, FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA), Mr Jonathan Ivoke, said since the scheme has been de­clared as il­le­gal by the court, mo­torists should go and get their ve­hi­cles from the li­censed oper­a­tors.

It would be re­called that an Abuja High Court ver­dict, penul­ti­mate Thurs­day, de­clared the Park and Pay pol­icy il­le­gal.

Jus­tice Peter Af­fen held that al­though the pol­icy might be laud­able, it was not backed by any law.

Ivoke, who said that the scheme will be brought back soon, main­tained that there still must be or­derly park­ing in the streets by mo­torists.

“If you park on the walk way, your ve­hi­cle will be towed away. The daily as­sign­ment of road traf­fic man­age­ment is still on­go­ing,” Ivoke ex­plained.

The sec­re­tary bran­dished copies of a com­pre­hen­sive re­port of the re­viewed FCT trans­port reg­u­la­tion by-law, not­ing that FCTA will re­view the FCT Road Trans­port Reg­u­la­tion, 2005, to clear le­gal en­cum­brances for the on-street Park and Pay scheme.

He ac­knowl­edged that oper­a­tors of the scheme vi­o­lated the guide­lines given to them, say­ing some of them did not have enough staff to do the re­quired job.

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