Kuching North City Hall looking into viability of charging higher rates in busy parking areas


(Left) A DBKU enforcement officer issuing notices to motorcycles parked illegally on the five-foot way in Kuching.

KUCHING: The Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) may introduce “orange zone” parking areas with higher rates to address congestion in busy areas.

Kuching North mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai said DBKU was carrying out a study to identify busy parking areas, such as those with a lot of banks, where higher parking rates could be charged.

“We want to gazette these areas as orange zones, where motorists can come and park their cars but they would have to pay more.

“We do not want to charge the same rate of 20sen for the first half hour as in the normal gazetted parking areas.

“We are still studying this to determine the areas and rates. This is our initiative for this year as far as parking is concerned,” he told reporters after launching a new coupon parking area at Jalan Kulas here yesterday.

For instance, Abang Wahap said DBKU would consider whether the area in front of the General Post Office would be suitable for the proposed orange zone parking to be created.

“At the moment there is no parking there.

(Below) Abang Wahap leveling concrete at the base of a signboard with information about parking rates at a newly-gazetted coupon parking area at Jalan Kulas. —Photos: ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star
Abang Wahap leveling concrete at the base of a signboard with information about parking rates at a newly-gazetted coupon parking area at Jalan Kulas. — Photos: ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

“We will have to look at whether creating orange zone parking would provide convenience to motorists or worsen traffic conditions in the area,” he said.

Abang Wahap said DBKU would start clamping illegally parked vehicles this year once approval has been obtained from the Transport Ministry.

He also said DBKU would issue notices with a RM20 compound to motorcycles parked illegally on five-foot ways.

“We want to educate motorists to be responsible and considerate and to park their vehicles in the designated spaces,” he said.

The coupon parking area at Jalan Kulas was one of 19 such areas in DBKU’s jurisdiction which came into force yesterday.

The parking rates, which are applicable from 8am to 5pm on weekdays, are 20sen for the first half hour, 50sen for the second half hour and 80sen for each subsequent half hour.

Limited season parking is available at RM42.40 per month.

On the fatal accident at the Padang Merdeka flood mitigation project site last month, Abang Wahap reiterated that an investigation was being carried out by the relevant authorities.

“Let the investigation be completed and whoever is responsible should face the music,” he said.

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