Lawyer makes application to invalidate entire Parking Meter contract

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Attorney Kamal Ramkarran has filed an application on behalf of Mohendra Arjune in the High Court calling for the controversial Parking Meter Project to be quashed.

The application was filed today (Thursday, February 16, 2017) before Acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards.

The hearing is fixed for February 27, 2017, before Justice Brassington Reynolds at 9:00 am.

According to documents seen by News Room, “the court orders that an order nisi of certiorari be and is thereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and City Councillors of Georgetown to enter into an agreement on or about 13 May 2016 and to make any amendments thereto for the establishment of Parking meters in the City of Georgetown with Smart City Solutions Inc. and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision, unless the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown show cause against the quashing of the decision.”

It further states that “the court orders that an order nisi of certiorari be and is thereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and City Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the Town Clerk of Georgetown empowering and authorizing the Town Clerk of  Georgetown to sign and operationalize contracts with Smart City Solutions Inc for the establishment of Parking meters in the city of Georgetown and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision, unless the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the Town Clerk of Georgetown show cause against the quashing of the decision.”

The application also seeks to quash the powers of anyone acting on behalf of the M&CC or by their instructions from charging fees or imposing penalties on those persons deemed to have committed offenses under the provisions of the controversial contract.

The applicant Mohendra Arjune, along with many people working in Georgetown, was deeply affected by the imposition of parking meters because he has to pay for eight hours per day outside his office from Monday to Friday.

Although prices have reduced, Mr. Arjune reasons that if the contract to establish parking meters is unlawful and outside of the powers of the Council, then no one should have to pay fees to park.

He believes the Council’s decision to arbitrarily exempt categories of people from paying parking fees is also part of the challenge.

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