End of the road for coupon parking system

Not in favour: The operator of Rapid Bus is worried the Bas Selangorku service in Subang Jaya will affect their business. – filepic

THE coupon parking system in Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) areas will be discontinued by 2017 due to poor response from motorists.

MPSJ has decided to implement it only until all the printed coupons are sold out.

MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said 1.5 million coupons were printed when the coupon system was implemented in February this year, but only 130,000 were sold.

“It was a pilot project from February to June this year. Now we will continue to maintain the Pay and Display parking machines,” he said in the full board meeting yesterday.

He disagreed with councillor George Yap, who said that the coupon system was a failure because there was insufficient number of agents selling them,

“In some industrial areas which were converted into commercial zones, people are not aware of the coupon system.

“We will put up signage to inform the public about it,” he said.

On the Bas Selangorku free service which began last month, Nor Hisham the response was also not very good.

He said the state government had allocated RM1.2mil for MPSJ to manage four buses for one year, therefore there was still time to assess the effectiveness of the service.

“I have personally boarded the bus and the driver told me he takes about 70 passengers a day.

“It is possible that the routes are not popular but one month is still a short time to gauge the response,” he said.

Following suggestions for new routes from councillors during the full board meeting, Nor Hisham said new routes must first be studied closely before being implemented.

“Some of the routes that have been suggested are those which Rapid Bus operates on.

“Rapid Bus has already objected to having a free bus service on their line as it affects their business.

“We will gather statistics on the bus passengers and feedback first before we propose new routes to Kinrara and Seri Kembangan to the state government,” he said.

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