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Published: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 11:26:25 AM

Penang's parking meters make way for new system

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) has started removing 2,400 parking meters on the island in the run-up to the implementation of the coupon parking system tomorrow.

According to MPPP senior assistant accountant Asiah Md Ali, 500 meters have been dismantled as of yesterday, while the bulk of the removal works will take place today.

“I have to ensure that all the 11,103 parking spaces are ready for handover to Perkhidmatan Alam Indah Sdn Bhd by tomorrow as stated in the proposal request,” she said.

Council workers removing the parking meters at Gat Lebuh Cina yesterday. (Charles Mariasoosay - 30/12/2013)
Removal works: Council workers removing parking meters at Gat Lebuh Cina, George Town.

The new coupon system starts tomorrow, with the smart parking gadget (SPG) system to come in May.

An SPG is an electronic device that comes with preloaded credit, and a parking warden only needs to scan it to see whether the driver has activated it for payment.

Perkhidmatan Alam Indah managing director Abdul Malik Abdul Kader said public response to the new system had been encouraging, with the coupons widely available to the public.

“There are 212 outlets throughout the island selling the coupons, ranging from petrol stations and mini markets to 24-hour convenience stores to restaurants,” he said.

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