Private car washing forbidden in Kenya

Things you probably didn’t know about the African state of Kenya: It is forbidden by law to wash your car privately in residential areas. Due to inadequate draining, apparently.

It may not surprise you that this is one of the most neglected laws in the East African country. But this may change, now governor Johnson Sakaja’s government is slowly taking shape. Some of the bylaws passed by previous governments may be enforced or amended.


“If you own a car, make sure you take it to a licensed car wash because it is illegal to wash a vehicle in a residential area or do a repair that requires dismantling it except in emergency cases”, said Nairobi city lawyer Cliff Ombeta.

In the African capital, most cars are washed by hand car washes. But not all of them are legal and sometimes they are even set up by a local politician in return for votes.

The fine for washing a car at home is about Ksh2,000 ($16) which must be paid to the county government through various bank accounts. Or, more often than not, to a local police officer.

Author: Rene Passet

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