THE standardised chargeable parking fees at the 11,000 lots owned by Penang Island City Council (MBPP) have received mixed response from Penangites.
While the majority of the motorists are happy with the new ruling, there are some who lamented having to pay parking fees on public holidays.
“There should not be any charges on public holidays because visitors from out of town will be confused,” said clerk K.M. Tan, 50.
Effective July 1, a uniform chargeable parking time was implemented at 40 sen for every 30 minutes between Monday and Saturday including public holidays from 8am to 6pm.
Motorists get free parking on Sunday.
Ong Jin Kead, 24, said that in the past, the chargeable hours that differed from spot to spot were confusing to motorists.
“Now, everything is straightforward. There will be no confusion as everything is standardised.
“However, parking on public holidays should be free,” said the management graduate.
Meanwhile, hawker Abdul Nawas Abdul Jabbar, 49, said there was still room for improvement.
He cited Little India as an example, saying that previously, parking fees there were imposed only until 1pm on Saturday.
“But now, motorists have to pay until 6pm, which is not right.
“Motorists should enjoy free parking on Saturday and public holidays.
“I am sure tourists who flock to the state during public holidays will be surprised by the ruling,” he said.
However, student Jess Wong, 18, said the standardised parking rates were good as she no longer had to look out for parking signage whenever she parks at a council lot.
“Before this, it was a hassle as each time I parked, I had to look for the colour-coded council signboards to find out what the parking hours were.
“Now I can scratch my parking coupon straight away without all the confusion.
“It’s good that all the parking rates are the same on the island,” she said when met at Esplanade on Thursday.