MOTORISTS will now have another option to pay their parking with the introduction of the scratch-and-display coupon system in Petaling Jaya from Sept 4.
The coupons can be purchased at most shops in commercial areas around the city which have the official ‘MBPJ parking coupon sold here’ sign.
Motorists can purchase coupons for hourly parking which costs RM6 comprising 10 sheets in a booklet, the daily one is priced at RM25 per booklet of five sheets and the monthly pass for RM100.
“All the prices are inclusive of the goods and services tax and the rate is also RM0.60 per hour,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain at the launch in MBPJ’s headquarters.
MBPJ has appointed 16 main coupon agents who will be responsible for supplying stock to retailers to sell to the public.
The coupons are already available for purchase.
“Those who do not have the scratch coupon or parking ticket displayed will be issued summonses by enforcement officers.
“Faulty machines in the area will no longer be a valid reason not to pay once this system is implemented,” said Mohd Azizi.
He added that existing parking machines could still be used and there are no plans to remove them yet.
In some places, faulty parking machines have already been wrapped in plastic by officers for the attention of users.
“For now, MBPJ will manage the coupon system for six months, before deciding on whether to continue or get a parking operator to handle it,” said Mohd Azizi.
Currently, they are also reviewing proposals from various operators which provide mobile parking payment apps.
“Allowing parking payments via mobile apps is underway and we hope to launch that soon after reviewing several proposals.
“We are also still open to reviewing more proposals and I urge operators to submit two proposals, one for just the parking system and another for their management of it as well,” he said.
The move to take back the parking management system and use of an alternative payment method comes after the termination of parking concessionaire Godell Parking Sdn Bhd in June.
It was reported that over 50% of the 700 parking machines involving 21,000 parking bays in the city were faulty.