Confusion on first day of two-hour parking limit ruling

MBSJ officers making their rounds during the first day of the two-hour parking limit implementation in six areas under the city council. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

MANY motorists were caught unaware on the first day of the two-hour parking limit implementation in areas under Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) yesterday.

Some were slapped with summonses for paying the wrong parking fees. Under the new limit, the fee for the orange bays is 50sen for the first half hour with a maximum time limit of two hours.

The new limit is to free up parking space in high-traffic areas.

At the moment, payment of parking fees under this system can be done only via Smart Selangor and Flexi Parking apps.

Its implementation was delayed from June to September this year as Selangor had yet to gazette the amendment to the Road Transport Order (Parking Space Allocation) MBSJ 2022.

The two-hour limit covers six areas – USJ10 (Taipan), SS12, SS15, USJ21, Bandar Puteri Puchong and Jalan Kenari in Puchong.

StarMetro observed that some who parked in the orange bays paid the standard parking rate (for yellow bays).

MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said this was an offence.

“We would usually issue a compound of RM80 and tow the vehicles but we are withholding the towing action during this initial stage.

“Those who pay their compounds within 24 hours using the Smart Selangor and Flexi Parking apps need to pay only RM10 instead of the full amount.”

He said only these two apps could be used for payment in the two-hour parking zones at the moment.

“Additional payment options via ewallet apps and ecoupon agents such as Touch ‘n Go, Setel and KK Mart stores will be included by next month.”

Azfarizal said 2,106 of the estimated 45,000 parking bays under MBSJ had been painted orange and gazetted under the order.

Existing disabled parking spots are excluded from the new limit.

There will be a cooling-off period of an hour before motorists are allowed to re-park at any two-hour parking bays.

Azfarizal said the council had shared information on the new system on banners, in mainstream media and social media.

“We will also have officers posted in the six areas to explain the system to motorists,” he said, following visits by enforcement teams to Taipan and Jalan Kenari.

Hatimah Dollah, who visits Taipan two to three times a week to run errands, is happy with the new system.

“It is much easier for me to find parking space now,” she said.

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