Parking scheme hits a bump

(From right) Abdul Halim briefing Jagdeep about the PSP sensors which arrived from Malta. With them are Rozali and Rosnani (far left).

THE installation of 36,000 Penang Smart Parking (PSP) sensors in the state which was supposed to be completed in August has now been postponed to early next year.

State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the sensors could not arrive on time due to the pandemic.

He said that so far, 667 sensors had been installed on the island and 364 sensors on the mainland.

He said the contractor – HeiTech Padu Berhad (HTP) – had ordered 38,000 sensors from Malta, including 2,000 spare units to be used in the event of any damage.

“The installation has been delayed because unfortunately, our supplies were stuck in Wuhan, the place where the coronavirus was first reported late last year.

“We had to look elsewhere for the sensors.

“Luckily, some 15,000 units have since arrived from Malta with the balance expected to reach here in phases, ” he said.

He added that the installation was now scheduled for completion in February next year.

It was earlier reported that Penang was the first state to fully implement the PSP system, an app-based parking assistant.

By March 2021, all 36,000 council parking spaces in Penang will have vehicle sensors embedded into the road surface that will tell app users if any lots near them are vacant.

Without the presence of sensors, motorists can still pay to park at any lot in the whole state with PSP.

Jagdeep said the project was one of the 61 Smart City initiatives of which 28 had been completed, 17 being implemented and 16 being planned by the state government to achieve the Penang 2030 vision.

He said that as of July 2, the total number of PSP app users was 317,933, with RM4.28mil collected in parking fees.

Jagdeep was speaking at a press conference after witnessing the swearing-in ceremony of two Seberang Prai City (MBSP) councillors at council headquarters in Bukit Mertajam on Friday.

Also present were MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud, secretary Rosnani Mahmod, Penang Island City Council secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali and HeiTech Padu Berhad (HTP) executive vice- president Abdul Halim Md Lassim.

Jagdeep said that HTP, as a platform provider, was conducting system analysis, sensor inspection and verification activities.

He said HTP had also increased the number of e-coupon sellers to meet consumer demand from those who are less skilled in the use of technology.

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