Parking time in city centre 
to be limited

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KUALA LUMPUR — A new parking system, aimed to ease congestion and encourage the use of public transport, will be enforced in the capital soon.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the system, which will begin on July 18, would only allow motorists to park at bays by the roadside for no more than two hours in the Golden Triangle, mainly Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Jalan Ampang.

“This will be enforced in the central business district. We are looking at implementing the same system in Brickfields,” said Tengku Adnan.

“Motorists should park at parking complexes if they intend to spend more than two hours in an area.

“People should also use public transport … there’s no harm walking a bit, it’s good for health. Your stress levels will reduce.”

Tengku Adnan added the parking charges in these areas will be revised. Motorists currently pay between 60sen and 80sen for an hour and tend to park for eight to 10 hours,’’ he said.

“The first hour will be RM2 and the second hour will be RM3. Then the motorist will have to leave. We will not issue summonses to those who exceed the time limit. Instead, we will clamp or tow their vehicles.

“This is to deter people from driving into the city centre. City Hall is in the midst of erecting electronic boards indicating the number of parking bays at parking complexes and shopping malls.”

Mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said City Hall have upgraded its parking meters.

“We have disabled the feature that allows motorists to park for as long as they like. Motorists will not be able to cheat the system,” said Mohd Amin.

He added City Hall’s enforcement personnel will monitor vehicles parked at the bays to ensure they keep to the two-hour time limit.

The system comes after the new extension of the Light Rail Transit lines in Kelana Jaya and Ampang were launched on Thursday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had after taking a ride on the train, said the service would go a long way to reduce traffic jams in the Klang Valley and encourage the use of public transportation.

The government has been trying to reduce the number of vehicles going into the city for decades.

The authorities have mooted the need to introduce congestion charges in the 80s and the Transport Ministry introduced a car pooling campaign 16 years ago. Both initiatives failed to achieve the desired results.

According to the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020, a major shift occurred away from public transport with the increase in car ownership between 1985 and 1997.

The increasing number of cars on the road is caused in part by higher personal affluence and lack in sufficient public transport, largely bus services.

Talks of congestion charges surfaced last year after Mohd Amin was quoted as saying City Hall was looking to impose such fees for private vehicles next year.

He had then said such charges would be implemented in the central business district after the public transport system in the city has been improved.