Call to give clinics and government agencies discounted parking rates

Shamsul (right) chairing the council's October full board meeting at Menara MPS. It was also broadcast online. - Filepic

MEDICAL clinics and offices of selected agencies that provided vital public services should be offered a discount to rent street-level parking bays in front of their premises in the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) area, suggested a councillor.

Amir Fazlee Khalid, who is chief whip for the councillors, said clinics and agencies such as Pusat Zakat and Social Welfare Department provided important services to the public.

“Some flexibility in terms of seasonal parking charges in front of their premises will be helpful as they serve the public, ” he said at the MPS full board meeting yesterday, during the tabling of a paper on proposed amendments on the Road Transport Order (Parking Allocation) (MPS) 2007.

MPS Legal Department director Abdul Razak Ahmad, who tabled the paper, said the proposal included new app-based parking payment methods such as Flexi Parking and Touch ‘n Go.

“These electronic payment methods are not specified in the existing order.

“Therefore, it is necessary to propose the amendments and have the order gazetted so that all methods can be used by the public, ” he said. Razak said other amendments included adjusting the rate for seasonal parking charges and allowing 24-hour rental of parking bays at a different rate.

“For seasonal parking rates, we are proposing between RM250 and RM350 per month.

“For those wishing to rent a council parking bay for 24 hours, we are suggesting a rate of no more than RM500, ” he said, adding that the council had received several requests to rent a parking bay beyond the standard hours of 8am to 6.30pm.

“The approval for 24-hour rental of a parking bay is not automatic as it would depend on the suitability of the location, ” Razak said, adding that approval would not be given for busy commercial areas where parking space was in high demand.

MPS charges RM70 per month for seasonal parking under the municipality.

At the meeting, Amir Fazlee also asked about measures that would be taken to ensure parking bays of seasonal users would not be misused by third parties.

In response, Razak said the users could call MPS’ Enforcement Department to take action.

Meanwhile, Orang Besar Daerah Gombak Tan Sri Wan Mahmood Pa’wan Teh asked if MPS councillors could be exempted from paying parking fees when carrying out their duties within the municipality while using personal vehicles.

On this, Razak said Selangor government had agreed to allow councillors to be exempted from paying for parking in their respective municipalities, provided they used their own vehicles with the council’s parking sticker prominently displayed.

MPS president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor said this offer was limited to one car per councillor and only applicable when carrying out official duties.

“As we did not issue parking stickers this year, I want to remind all councillors to have their parking registration details updated in the council’s system for them to enjoy this benefit.”

The proposed amendments were approved at the MPS full board.

Shamsul said the paper would next be brought to the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit for approval.

On another matter, he said he had received several requests by councillors who would be ending their 2018-2020 term in December to be allowed to attend the next full board meeting in person.

“I have decided to allow this request, provided all undergo a Covid-19 swab test within a stipulated period before the meeting, ” he said.

The November full board meeting was held virtually.

Under the movement control order during the Covid-19 pandemic, only 30% of the workforce are allowed to be in the office and meetings are to be held online.

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