KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — Motorists can heave a sigh of relief as authorities announced new parking rates for the city’s public parking bays, which come into force on Monday.
In most areas, except in the Central Business District (CDB), the two-hour parking limit has been lifted.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said this revision was made after decision makers took into consideration views of the public.
The new rates see a 50 sen reduction for the CDB from the previous RM2 for the first hour to RM1.50, and RM2.50 for the second hour compared to the previous RM3.
For other areas outside the CDB, the rate is RM1 per hour.
The introduction of the previous parking rates and two-hour limit on July 18 drew criticism from motorists who felt the hike was excessive.
What further irked them was the two-hour parking limit.
City Hall officials then said the rates were to discourage motorists from monopolising parking bays and to encourage the use of public transportation.
Tengku Adnan also said motorists would be able to lease parking lots for a monthly fee.
With the new rates effective Monday, motorists can make payments using coins, Touch ‘n Go cards or park-and-pay mobile phone apps.