Move to create more parking spaces

THE Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) is planning several methods to curb the lack of parking spaces in the city central area.

Local Government, Housing, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil said among the methods planned were establishing temporary parking on vacant land and allowing certain financial institutions to provide special parking spaces for customers.

“We are also planning to set up an advanced parking management at several entries to the city central.

“It can inform the public about available parking spaces,” he said in his closing speech at the Johor State assembly recently.

He explained that the city central has about 9,198 parking spaces but there were still complaints from the public about lack of it.

“The city council is handling some 519 spaces while the remaining is under the jurisdiction of private companies.

“This include parking spaces at shopping complexes in the area,” he said.

Ahmad Zahri added that one of the major factors that contributed to the lack of parking was locals who worked in Singapore and who parked at the city central for the whole day.

“The public is also more inclined to park near the vicinity of the place where they go to,” he said.

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