Towns in Laikipia are clearly changing face to accommodate more economic growth as construction of car parks by the county government shows its impact. The County Government of Laikipia through the Road Maintenance Levy Fund(RMLF) projects program has constructed and renovated more parking areas for cars in different towns in the county. From 2019 to 2021, it has put more than 1,000 parking volume capacity on the county tarmac roads of Nanyuki, Nyahururu, and Ol Jabet among other towns.
The standard car parks are 16 to 18 feet long and 8 to 9 feet wide which is about 160 square feet marked with a clear long-lasting white or yellow line enabling clear visibility. Restrictions, signs, and road controls such as the parking areas for the physically challenged, alternate-side parking, and coupon parking have been done to prevent any careless parking by the drivers.
The parking slots and areas for the disabled are now visible as new colors have been added and different areas of parking have been marked very clearly. The spacing of the parking areas is enough for cars to move in and out easily. said Paul Mwanaki, a driver in Nanyuki town.
Measures are in place to ensure that the rules are being followed and penalties accorded to those who violate them. The county government has also lifted some weight to its people, according to the Laikipia County Finance Act no. 1, Section iii, 18 (2021).
Parking fee shall not be payable the whole day on Sunday, Public holidays and after 2.00 pm on Saturdays.
The strategic planning of the car parks has promoted businesses as now people can confidently park cars along the roads near their businesses with guaranteed safety. This has attracted many investors, especially in urban areas.
Since the parking was constructed the number of people coming to this area has increased and they have been promoting my trade business at a greater rate. My shop is also clean nowadays as the dust that used to be there is no longer a problem.said Rachael Wairimu, a businesswoman at Nanyuki Old Market Area.