Busia County has proposed low entry fee for various classes of vehicles within Busia Municipality to boost transport industry.
The Busia County Finance Bill 2019 that was tabled in the Assembly last week has proposed the reduction fee of buses from Sh300 to Sh200; mini buses from Sh200 to Sh150 and Taxis from Sh200 to Sh80. Mataus payment of Sh80 per entry has been retained while Tuk Tuk will pay Sh300 per month.
Motorcyclists are major beneficiaries; the county has proposed entry fee of Sh500 per year which is payable once, failure of which they will be charged Sh300 per month.
Parking fees for Funyula, Port Victoria, Butula, Nambale and Malaba Towns are relatively lower. Proposed charges per entry are as follows: Buses and Lorries (Sh200), mini buses and taxis (Sh100), matatus Sh80, Trailer Sh400 and Tuk Tuk Sh 500 per year or Sh300 per month.
Cess on sand harvesting has been increased with trailers to pay Sh4000 from Sh2000 per trip; Lorries 7-10 tons will pay Sh1500 from 500, pick-ups Sh200, canter Sh300 and tractor Sh400.
Off street parking is Sh100 per hour and Sh20 every 30 minutes. On-street parking within Busia Municipality and other towns will attract Sh100 per day for saloon cars , Sh200 for lories 3-7 tons, vans Sh100 and buses Sh250.
Sportsmen and women who use county facilities for practice are other main beneficiaries with the county reducing the fee from Sh3000 to Sh500. Athletics Kenya wishing to hold its events in the county will also enjoy reduced rates.
People who keep dogs in urban areas or cities will have to obtain a license, according to the Busia County Finance Bill 2019 that was tabled in the assembly last week.
The Bill also proposes a fee of Sh200 per dog; this will be affected if the assembly passes the bill after seeking county residents’ views during public participations.
Lorries which arrive into the county from other counties or neighbouring country will be subjected to landing fee of Sh2000 per lorry and Sh500 per pick up.