Parking charges may be reduced


AT LEAST four townships which are designated high-traffic zones under the central business district (CBD) in Kuala Lumpur will likely see a reduction in parking charges of between 25% and 50%.

It is believed that areas such as Bangsar, Sri Hartamas and Solaris Mont Kiara, which are located outside the city centre but were initially designated as CBD areas, will see a reduction in parking fees.

The Government has decided to review the newly introduced parking charges in Kuala Lumpur following public complaints that it was too steep.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had earlier announced that the new rates would be scrapped in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI). Motorists in the area are expected to also enjoy the reduced parking fees.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday to discuss the changes.

Tengku Adnan is expected to make an announcement on the matter today or tomorrow.

If there is a 25% reduction, motorists in Bangsar who are currently paying RM2, would now be charged RM1.50 an hour. If a 50% decrease is approved, they will have to pay only RM1 an hour.

So if a 25% reduction is approved, motorists in Bangsar who park for eight hours straight will pay only RM12 as opposed to RM23 with the old rate.

TTDI resident Shamini Balan welcomed the reduction and hoped the new rates would be implemented as soon as possible.

“The 150% hike was painful on the pocket,” she added.

Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association advisor Datuk M. Ali said he was hopeful that Bangsar would be included in the review.

“Is Bangsar not a suburb like Brickfields or TTDI? he asked.

On July 18, City Hall raised parking charges at DBKL-owned parking bays within the CBD by 150%.

Affected areas included Bukit Bintang, Bukit Damansara, Sri Hartamas, Desa Sri Hartamas, Solaris Mont Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bangsar.

The hourly parking charges in the CBD was increased from 80sen an hour to RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for the second hour and subsequent hours.

The new parking charges had seen an increase of between 100% and 200%, depending on the locality.

Tengku Adnan had earlier said there was confusion about CBD areas which led to residential townships being included in the steep hike.

“The instruction to increase parking charges to RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for consecutive hours was only for CBD areas.

“Townships such as TTDI, Bangsar, Sri Hartamas and Kepong were designated as CBD in DBKL’s old structure plan, hence the mistake.

“I have asked DBKL to review the rates and listen to the people affected.

“The rates for the CBD area will remain,” he was quoted as saying.

Last year, DBKL appointed Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), the welfare arm of the Federal Territories Ministry, to manage the city’s parking system.

YWP introduced an advanced parking system called the City Car Park System (CCP).