Park & Pay: Motorists advised to retrieve impounded vehicles
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.