Abuja Park and Pay

Motorist are made to pay amounts ranging from N50 to N650 when the park their cars beside or along the roads in the city center. When cars are clamped for 'violation' they are force to pay between N5000 to N4000.

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Oct 26, 2015
I have bee NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been assigned to do a report for our school newspaper on this subject, and your post has been beneficial. Can you please add more reference to this topic, thanks.
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Apr 22, 2014

The Obnoxious park and pay policy of FCT has been suspended, this followed an FCT high court ruling that the policy/exercise is illegal.

Apr 07, 2014
Nigeria: How Government-Backed Parking Ticket Operators Extort, Harass Abuja Motorists NEW

After his car rolled to a halt along Gimbiya Street in the Garki District of Abuja one afternoon last November, Brendy Ndukwe followed a routine now common with motorists in the capital city. He remained seated for a parking ticket vendor to show up, and paid before exiting for business.

For the 30 minutes he guessed would be enough to retrieve a package from a nearby store, Mr. Ndukwe paid N50. But he spent additional 25 minutes- an intolerable offence under Abuja's notorious "park and pay" policy, introduced by federal capital administration in 2012.

Instead of an extra N50 as one might speculate, Mr. Ndukwe was coerced to pay N5, 000 fine to have a vendor unclamp his tyre.

"I was so sick that day that I just left the hospital to go to the store to pick up something and then head back to the hospital, when I got out of the store and realized my car was clamped, it broke my heart," Mr. Ndukwe, a pastor, said. He recalled how "rude" the hawkers were to him.

In Abuja's chaotic car parking order, the rules are not outlined, and often-confused motorists have become easy targets of brazen extortion and harassment.

Despite a myriad of complaints, the government has refused to rein in the ruthless ticket levy enforcers who, backed by no federal or local law, target drivers in encounters that are sometimes brutal.

In all, the narratives are similar. The most recurring tale of woes is that of drivers paying for a duration, and then getting outrageously overcharged once they overstay. Another scenario is where vendors refuse to provide change for big bills for tickets, and when the drivers step off, their tyres are clamped. There is also another case: drivers arrive with no vendor in sight, only to return to be charged several thousand of naira as penalty.

Linda Okechukwu's experience fits into the last, and hers is not in an isolated case. When she parked around her children's nursery/primary school at Zone 2, Wuse, there were no ticket vendors nearby. She emerged from the school to see her car clamped.

"In the blink of an eye, a guy just showed up at my car with a receipt asking me to pay N15, 000 before my car would be unlocked," Ms. Okechukwu narrated. Her argument that she looked around ready to pay, but found no ticker dealer, did not impress the enforcement officials.

Jun 17, 2013
The Operators are fraudulent NEW
by: Godfrey

Sometimes, the collectors/operators will hide and allow you to park, they will not come out so you will pay them. They will come out immediately you leave and lock your tyre and then demand for N5000 when the car owner comes out.

Jun 12, 2013
It is an agony NEW
by: Uche Igwe

April 2, is one of those days I will not forget in a hurry. A routine errand took me to a branch of a new generation bank located beside AP Plaza in Abuja. I drove in my ageing black Toyota, and made very frantic efforts before I could find a space to park. After driving around for seven minutes, I found a space in front of a popular eatery and finally parked my car, far away from my destination. Before walking to the bank, I strayed into the eatery to take a drink and look at my e-mails. I spent about 20 minutes there before making my way to the bank. I walked past my car for the second time en route my destination. Since I lost my Honda car in 2010, I always make it a point of duty to keep an eye on my car no matter how far away I am sitting or standing. In this case, I was watching from the eatery and never saw anyone around or beside it. Satisfied that all was well, I went for my transaction. The transaction was not successful and I grudgingly made my way out of the bank after about 30 minutes.

As I got closer to my car, I noticed some strange equipment on my wheels. Someone had clamped my tyre and pasted a note on the car’s door. I examined the note closely and found out that I had been charged for “parking violation”, and that I had been asked to call a number and pay a fine of N5,000. As I stood contemplating what to do next, one shabbily dressed gentleman appeared beside me indicating that he could be the perpetrator of my fate. I beckoned on him to come closer and began to explain to him that I did not see anyone to pay to at the time I parked. He shrugged and told me to speak to his supervisor who sat absentmindedly in a secret corner at the other side of the road. I crossed over to continue to plead with them. I tried to explain to the man that I had money to pay and there was no one as of the time I parked. To worsen my case, that was one of those days that I came out with very little money. The man who was introduced as the supervisor threatened to take my car away and that I should be ready to pay N35,000 to get it back. He ordered one of his colleagues to dismantle my number plate and allow me to go and come back to their office to pay. By the time I entered my car to drive off, it was almost 5pm and so I had spent almost two hours trying to get myself off the hook.

As I drove around the town in the evening without a number plate, I saw many other cars whose numbers were removed too. More than 40 cars were clamped at various spots in the city while a few were towed away. I took my frustration in the hands of these new traffic enforcers to many of my friends who confirmed that they had fallen victim to these same people at one time or the other.

That is the face of the new “Park and Pay” policy introduced by the transport secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration last year.
(culled from the punch)

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