Court Declares Abuja “Park and Pay” Policy Illegal
Federal Capital High Court 25 on Thursday declared illegal, Abuja “Park and Pay” agency illegal, saying it has no laws backing its operation.
The court ruled that the law the operators of the policy used was not enacted by any arm of government and therefore cannot be of any effect.
Our investigation revealed that the law was unilaterally drafted by the contracted firms which the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, registered in 2012.
The four companies – Automaten Technik Haumann Nigeria, ATB; Safe Parking Limited, SPL; Integrated Parking Services limited, IPS; and Platinum Parking Management Services, PPMS – were each assigned different areas of Abuja where the companies would enforce parking laws and punish errant drivers.
Under the policy, motorists who desire to park at designated locations are made to pay certain amount of money ranging from N50 to N500.
However, the policy has largely been undermined by allegations extortion and forced illegal and dubious electronic parking fees on motorists and harassment.
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