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Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014

“Park and Pay will bounce back”, says Transport Secretary

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Abuja Park and PayBy Stanley Onyekwere

Following the outlawing of the operation of Park and Pay policy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), by an Abuja High Court, the Secretary of Transport Secretariat of the FCT Administration, Engr. Jonathan Ivoke, has declared that the scheme will bounce back soon.

Ivoke who addressed newsmen on the outcome of Justice Peter Affen’s ruling on the Park and Pay policy, however stressed that the policy will be modified to accommodate certain identified loopholes.

He said that orderly parking will continue in the Territory, but no motorists will be made to pay for any parking space except those that cause road obstruction.

“Orderly parking will continue in the FCT, but no payment. We have existing parking lots for motorists to park their vehicles.

“However, vehicles that blocked walkways will be tolled by our VIO officers and fines ranging between N5, 000 to N10, 000 will be imposed on such offenders because there is no vacuum in government,” he said.

The Secretary who applauded the court judgement, however pointed out that the ruling will afford the FCT Legal Secretariat an opportunity to come up with a comprehensive review of the scheme, acknowledging that FCT On-Street Parking is not accommodated in the FCT Road Regulation By-Law.

According to him, “the judgement was never a setback to us as an Administration; rather it affords the Legal Secretariat the opportunity to come up with a comprehensive review of the scheme.

“Also, let me state here that a comprehensive review of the on-street parking has been completed even before the court judgement. Park and Pay will bounce back in a modified form”

Speaking further on the proposed comprehensive package of the scheme, Ivoke hinted that the new scheme will accommodate time of grace and electronic ticketing, while assuring that traffic management will be given a boost.

Ivoke used the occasion to call on the licenced operators to release unconditionally impounded vehicles to their owners saying “keeping such vehicles in your custody will amount to disobeying court judgement.”

He commended the media for what he described as robust relationship that existed between the media and Transport Secretariat throughout the proscribed Park and Pay scheme.

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