FINDING a parking spot around Jalan 52/2, Petaling Jaya New Town is a challenge as most public bays are often occupied by employees of shops and offices here.
This means visitors are often left searching in vain for available space during office hours.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran acknowledges the problem and hopes to find a solution.
“In many of our commercial centres, you can see cars driving around in circles in search of parking space that is hard to come by, ” he said, adding that space for parking lots had been maximised in Petaling Jaya.
He suggested a one-hour limit to be imposed on parking in the city’s commercial areas and would seek the people’s views on the proposal.
“The parking system that we have now is on first-come, first-served basis.
“I am suggesting that we impose a time limit of one hour to free up bays for people who are visiting on an errand.
“There are many banks in this area. The time limit proposal will ensure more parking spaces available.
“It benefits the people and those who have been avoiding the area before may be more inclined to visit then, so that will also benefit businesses here, ” he said.
Rajiv said those who were working in the area should utilise carpark complexes and leave the street-side public parking bays to visitors for the latter’s convenience.
Tried and failed
Petaling Jaya City councillor Terence Tan Teck Seng said such a concept was introduced in Kota Damansara in 2013 but it proved to be ineffective.
“The system we implemented in Kota Damansara was a two-hour limit parking and the result was unsatisfactory because of poor enforcement mechanism.
“Kota Damansara is a huge area. So, this time I think we should start small.
“There are about 150 public parking bays around Jalan 52/2, which is manageable and it is near the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) building so enforcement should not be a problem.
“It is a good place for a new testing ground and if the feedback is good, MBPJ will look into the enforcement mechanism and apply the new system to other places as well, ” he said.
Asked about the enforcement on such a parking limit, Rajiv said it would be worked out accordingly.
“This hour-limit parking system has been implemented in Subang Jaya’s Taipan area successfully.
“We can emulate the concept, its implementation and enforcement methods, ” he said.
Yay or Nay
Logeswaran Anulagan, 41, said he generally avoided visiting Petaling Jaya New Town because it was very hard to find parking space.
“I will only come here during weekends and public holidays as parking space will more likely be available then, ” he said.
Pavalaselvi Gopal, 37, said she went through a lot of hassle to secure a parking spot when she came here for banking purposes.
“I have experienced searching for a parking space for over 45 minutes, ” she added.
A cobbler, who did not wish not to be named, said it was common to see at least five parking coupons displayed inside vehicles parked in the vicinity.
“As a result, some people who are just here to run a quick errand will park illegally out of desperation, ” he said.
Section 6 Rukun Tetangga chairman Rajesh Mansukhlal proposed that MBPJ consider increasing the fee rate based on duration of parking in busy areas such as Jalan 52/2.
“Those with monthly parking tickets should not be allowed to park in the street-side bays either. They can park at Complex C or A.
“The reserved bays for MBPJ officers at the council complexes must be vacated for public use.”
He added that priority for street-side parking bays should be given to the public, especially senior citizens who had difficulty climbing stairs.
Petaling Jaya councillor Derek Fernandez is cautious over the idea to impose an hour-limit on parking.
He said there should be an evaluation of the existing problem and evaluation of all possible solutions.
The evaluation, he said, should include cost of implementing a proposed solution and its effectiveness.
He added that any solution being considered should not incur extra costs for the city council.
“An hour-limit parking may cause significant unfairness to those who purchase monthly parking passes, ” said Fernandez.
The council is in the process of installing lifts at the parking complexes and once ready, those parking lots will be more convenient for everyone, ” he assured.
Fernandez suggested that to encourage better use of the complexes, the council could give discounts to those who paid for monthly parking.
“Any change in parking systems must be brought before the relevant council committee for evaluation and decision, ” he added.
The success case
Subang Jaya councillor Lee Jen Uyin said Taipan had been notorious for the problem of double and even triple-parking prior to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)’s implementation of the hour limit on parking.
She said the system was implemented about seven years ago and it had been successful so far in improving the situation.
An enforcement officer is stationed in this area from 8am to 5pm and conducts hourly inspection.
The system has both its pro and cons but MPSJ persisted in enforcing the rule for the greater good of the public.
“Of course, those who work in the offices here are not happy with this ruling.
”However, it benefits visitors who come to the banks and other shops here.
“Due to the efficient parking in Taipan and strict enforcement,
the working population and other regulars here do not park in the towing zone.
“They know that if they exceed the limit even by just a few minutes, they risk seeing their vehicles towed if they park in the designated zone, ” said Lee.
Rajiv invites the public to provide constructive feedback by sending their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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