THE carparks at the Perak Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) and Amanjaya Chicken Market in Ipoh now utilise a licence plate recognition feature, as part of Ipoh City Council’s plan to promote digital payment.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said those without apps like Park@Perak could still park there but would have to scan a QR code to pay.
The QR codes, he said, were placed strategically at both premises to facilitate payment via Flexi Parking.
“The licence plate recognition feature started early last month.
“Motorists can still drive into the carparks even if they do not have the Park@Perak app,” he said during the Ipoh City Council full board meeting.
“The digitalisation of payment for parking is in line with the city council’s aim to become a smart and low carbon city,” he added.
On Oct 18, StarMetro had reported the problem faced by seniors in parking at the two facilities as only digital payment was accepted.
Rumaizi had previously said that payment for public parking in the city would go fully digital by 2024.
He also encouraged people to download and familiarise themselves with the Park@Perak app.
Physical coupons for parking that are in circulation can still be sold to the public and used until Dec 31, 2023.
Rumaizi also said that parking at both the UTC and chicken market was 60sen an hour and RM4 for an entire day.
“Between 6pm and 6am, the payment is RM2, while the monthly pass is RM85,” he added.
Rumaizi said the Park@Perak app had been updated with several new functions, including daily pass, monthly pass, parking sticker status check and digital agent.
He said existing agents who sell the parking coupons could become an agent to help people pay for parking digitally.
“Agents who are interested to take part only need to inform the city council’s parking unit,” he said.
“Those without smartphone or who have not downloaded the apps can use the services of appointed digital agents within the vicinity of UTC and the chicken market to pay,” he said.
For enquiries, call the city council’s parking unit at 05-255 4377 / 4387 / 4388.
Separately, Rumaizi said the city council would continue with its electronic and electric waste (ewaste) collection programmes on the third weekend of the month on Nov 19 and 20.
He said the five locations for the collection were Bercham Rukun Tetangga building, Jelapang Public Hall, Pasir Pinji Community Hall, Rapat Setia night market site and Padang Lintau in Manjoi.
He added that the collection would be from 8am to 1pm.
“The public can bring their unwanted electronic and electric items to be exchanged for cash tokens.
“Those who took part in the programme will be eligible for a lucky draw with prizes worth up to RM10,000,” he said.
On the number of dengue cases in the city, Rumaizi said there was a significant increase since the start of the year.
He said as at Oct 23, a total of 412 cases had been reported compared to 150 cases within the same period last year.
“While there have been no outbreaks reported between Sept 17 and Oct 11, the continuous rainy season has caused cases to surge.
“We urge the community to play their part in reducing dengue cases in the city,” he added.