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City taxi drivers heave sigh of relief

By Kurian Musa | March 28th 2014

By Kurian Musa

Nairobi, Kenya: Owners of the vehicles whose number plates were confiscated by Nairobi County Government can now get them back from the registrar of motor vehicles. They will only be required to pay the impounding and towing fees.

Thursday, Justice Isaac Lenaola directed that the vehicles and their registration number plates be given to the respective owners only subject to paying a charge of Sh 9,500 to the county government.

 The county government had confiscated 123 motor vehicle number plates and towed the vehicles to government yard for storage during the recently concluded matatu strike over parking fees.

Kenya Taxi Cabs Association sued Nairobi County Government, Inspector General of Police, Director of Public Prosecutions, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles and the Transport Licensing Board to stop them from selling, disposing, re-detaining or interfering with their registration numbers.

Nairobi Senator Gidion Mbuvi accompanied the aggrieved taxi operators who had protested the increased levies of parking within Nairobi CBD.

However, the court failed to stop the prosecution of the owners of the vehicles and their respective drivers for causing obstruction and inconveniencing other road users within Nairobi.

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