KUALA LUMPUR: In an about-turn, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has reduced parking charges by up to 33% depending on the locality, after motorists raised a hue and cry.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the parking rates would be reduced from today.
“As a caring government, we have taken into account views from the public and lowered the rates.
“The implementation of the new rates is based on the principle of moving people not vehicles,” he said in a statement.
The charges at DBKL-owned parking bays in the central business district (CBD) will be reduced to RM1.50 for the first hour and RM2.50 for the second hour.
This is a 25% reduction compared with the previous charge of RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for subsequent hours.
On July 18, the new parking charges saw hikes of between 100% and 200%.
DBKL justified the increase by saying that the rates had not been revised for 40 years.
Tengku Adnan said areas outside the CBD would also see a reduction.
Rates in areas categorised as high activity such as Sentul, Solaris Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Bangsar, Brickfields and Sri Petaling will be lowered by 33% from RM1.50 per hour to RM1 per hour.
Meanwhile, zones outside the city would be cut by 20% from RM1 per hour to 80 sen per hour.
These areas include Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Sungai Besi, Wangsa Maju, Overseas Union Garden and Segambut.
Motorists can buy a monthly pass, ranging between RM150 and RM300, according to the zone.
As for reserved parking bays, a fee of between RM240 and RM400 per month is applicable.
DBKL has appointed Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, the welfare arm of the Federal Territories Ministry, to manage the city’s parking system.
For details, the public can visit the website at www.citycarpark.my.