UNLIKE most local councils, the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) uses both auto-pay parking ticket machines as well as the coupon system for motorists who park in areas under its jurisdiction.
However, some people find this confusing as they are unsure which system is being practised in a particular area.
“If you do not see a machine, then most likely the coupon system is being used,” said university student Mohammed Azli Salleh, who added that the people there were getting used to the situation.
“Initially, when we could not find an auto-pay machine, we thought we did not have to pay for parking, but upon returning, we would find that we had been summoned and concluded that the coupon system was used in this area,” he added.
When contacted, MBSA corporate communications manager Shahrin Ahmad said the council had implemented the coupon system in 2011 through its parking management concessionaire Suasa Efektif Sdn Bhd.
The 40sen per hour coupon system is being enforced at Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, Bukit Rahman Putra, Subang Perdana, Section 13, Section 2, Section 3, Section 7, Section 8, Section 9, Section 10, Section 11, Section 17, Section 19, Section 20, Section 23, Section U1 Glenmarie, Section U2 TTDI Jaya, Kota Kemuning, Setia Alam, Section U8 and Section U19.
A check at some of these areas found that parking coupons were readily available at grocery and stationery shops.
A book of 15 coupons costs RM6.40, inclusive of a 6% service tax.
Most shop operators are also willing to sell a coupon or two, at 50sen a piece, to those who do not need the whole book.
Most vehicle owners were also spotted displaying the coupons, with the exception of a few.
Tuition teacher Haliza Osman said the coupon system was convenient because she did not have to look for the parking machine.
“It is tiresome to park your car, walk to the machine, which is sometimes far away, and then come back to display the ticket,” said Haliza, 35.
However, her one complaint was the need to display many tickets if she had to be in the area for long hours; for example, five tickets for five hours.
“With the machine system, I just put in enough money for five hours and display one ticket,” said Haliza, who lives in Kota Kemuning.
She added that the council should standardise the parking system to make it easier for those visiting or working in Shah Alam.
In response to this, Shahrin said the council would look into the matter, if necessary.