Mobile counter to ease bill payments

THE public can now enjoy the convenience of paying their utility bills at a mobile counter housed in a van come Dec 1.

The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has spent RM158,311 on the van which will stop at places like hawker and market complexes.

Its Financial Management Committee alternate chairman Joseph Ng said the mobile counter will accept bills issued by the MBPP (except facility rental bills), Penang Water Supply Corporation Bhd’s water bills, Penang Development Corporation’s rental bills, PDC Setia Urus’s (PEDECO) service charges and Seberang Prai Municipal Council’s assessment rate.

“We accept payment in cash, cheques and Wang Pos only,” he said after a full council meeting at City Hall in George Town, Penang, yesterday.

For the first and third week of every month, the van will be stationed at Lorong Kulit on Mondays from 9am to noon, followed by the People’s Housing Project (PPR) flats in Jalan Sungai from 2pm to 3.30pm.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the van will go to the Taman Free School hawker site and Air Itam market from 9am to noon.

On Thursdays, the vehicle will make its stop at the Padang Tembak market complex from 9am to noon, followed by Lebuh Cecil market from 2pm to 3.30pm. On Fridays, it will go to the Jalan Perak market from 9am to noon.

For the second and fourth week of every month, the van will be stationed at the Bayan Baru market complex from 9am to noon on Mondays, follow by another session from 2pm to 3.30pm at the PPR flats in Jalan Sungai.

On Tuesdays, it is available from 9am to noon at the Farlim market complex and Batu Lanchang market complex from 2pm to 3.30pm.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the van will be at the Batu Maung hawker site, Teluk Bahang market and Tanjung Bungah market complex respectively from 9am to noon.

For details, contact 04-2592179 or 04-2592058.

On parking lots meant for disabled drivers (OKU), Ng said MBPP would only recognise the parking stickers issued by local councils nationwide and OKU cards issued by the Welfare Department.

He said both items should be placed at the dashboard of their vehicles when they parked at any of the 38 parking lots on Penang island.

“We recognise all OKU parking stickers, as long as it is issued by the local councils.

“As a counter measure against the abuse of OKU parking lots, the council will only give out one OKU parking pass per household and vehicle.

“Unless the family has more than four disabled people who are staying under one roof, then we will give out two OKU parking passes,” he said.

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