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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:20:14 AM

Thumbs-up for new system

More space: With the new system, more parking space is now available.

More space: With the new system, more parking space is now available.

IMPOSING the coupon parking system at busy commercial areas may not necessarily be a bad thing.

In fact, the Ipoh City Council’s decision to collect parking fees at Medan Ipoh Bistari has received the thumbs-up from most people, with the exception of workers and hotel operators.

Nasi Kandar Bombay owner M. Chandran said the move that came into effect on Monday was good for businesses in the area.

“Motorists have immediately stopped hogging the parking lots in front of our shops.

“Suddenly, there is so much parking space available, which translates to more business for us,” he said.

Chandran, 40, explained that very often, customers shied away from the area due to parking problems.

“I have seen an increase in business after the ruling came into effect.

“My customers tell me that it is so much more convenient to eat here now,” he added.

iplbistari0312 7...Nasi Kandar Bombay owner M. Chandran, 40, holding up a notice informing the public of the need to pay for parking at Medan Ipoh Bistari from Dec 1 onwards.
In black and white: Chandran holding up a notice informing the public about the new parking system.

According to Chandran, many people were already aware of the new ruling prior to its implementation, as the council had put up notice boards while the media had also reported about it.

“Even then, I made it a point to inform customers who come to my restaurant,” he said.

Housewife Yukari Sen, 31, said looking for a parking space was now a breeze.

“It is a good move by the council,” said Sen when met at a restaurant.

Likewise, shoe dealer Lim Kok Yuw, 40, said imposing parking fees in the area was a good move as this had not only solved the problem of parking but also the traffic congestion there.

“Before this, motorists parked haphazardly when they could not find a proper parking spot and ended up blocking the traffic flow.

“My family dines at Medan Ipoh Bistari quite often because we live nearby, and parking has always been a problem.

“We would drive round and round to look for a parking space but today, we found a parking spot fast,” said Lim.

Curry mee seller Lee Yoke Hooi, however, argued that having a lot of cars double-parked and parked haphazardly in front of a coffee shop would give others an impression that the food there was good.

“It actually helps bring in more customers to our coffee shop here.

“I think business has actually gone down since the implementation of the parking coupon system here,” said the 62-year-old hawker operating at Kafe Teen.

Restaurant worker Kong Kam Mui said she had to park her car at a nearby hypermarket to avoid paying for parking.

“I earn a meagre salary. I cannot afford to pay for parking from 9am to 6pm, six days a week,” said Kong.

Beautician Crystal Liew, 23, said it would cost her an additional RM4 for a full day’s parking.

“This means I have to spend at least another RM104 of my salary on parking each month,” said Liew.

Ipoh Times Inn Hotel receptionist L. Sevvi, 37, said the coupon parking system was bad for the hotel’s business.

“People think twice when choosing where to stay because of having to pay for parking here.

“The coupon parking system has proven to be a problem for our guests because there is no telling what time they will wake up or go out.

“They have been complaining about this a lot,” explained Sevvi.

She added that the implementation of the system also meant more work for her and the other receptionists, who have to keep an eye on the guests’ vehicles.

“We have to keep checking our guests’ vehicles to make sure they have displayed enough coupons and do not get fined by council enforcement officers.

“There is only so much we can do for them,” she added.

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