Too many season parking spaces defeats purpose of parking rate hike

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Season parking spaces in KL - Photograph: Malay Mail

Was the increase in rates just a ploy to earn extra revenue while the parking problem remains unresolved, wonders Sharp Observer.

I refer to the issue about Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) outsourcing parking collection to Yayasan Wilayah.

In this context I wish to raise two questions.

First, why did DBKL not outsource it straight to the party carrying out the collection rather than outsourcing it to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, which in turn outsourced it to a third party. Pretty bizarre and mind-boggling, I say. Was the collection outsourced to the foundation merely so that it could then be outsourced to Vista Summerose as mentioned?

Second, so many public parking bays in Kuala Lumpur have been reserved for season parking and marked in red. This has created an even more acute parking problem. One of the excuses given when the parking rates were raised was to ensure people don’t hog parking spaces.

By dishing out so many season parking bays, the availability of remaining parking bays is limited anyway. We can just assume the increase in rates and the many season parking bays are just a ploy to earn extra revenue and nothing to do with solving the parking problem.

I suggest all the season parking bays be cancelled at the next renewal and returned to public use straight away. In Bangsar, Taman Tun and Hartamas, an inordinate number of bays are marked out in red for this. Absolutely ridiculous.

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I urge the new Federal Territory minister to cancel the outsourcing and bring it back to DBKL control so that all revenue can fully go to DBKL, which can then put the proceeds to good use such as repairing low-cost apartments, which have become an eyesore.

Sharp Observer is the pseudonym of a regular follower of aliran.com

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PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)

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Oh yes. Local authority enforcers should also act on businesses which unofficially “reserve” parking bays in front of their premises by placing cones or some barrier there.

Also, act against motorcyclists who park their bike in car parking bays.

Malaysia is a wild, anarchic “paradise” which must be tamed, if Malaysia ever hopes to become a developed nation by 2020, 2025 or 2050.

PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)

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However, if motor workshops are exempted, then other businesses such as hardware stores, grocery stores, warehouses, etc will demand exceptions in front of their premises too.

Perhaps exceptions can be made for them too, provided they can present a good enough case for a reserved parking bay in front of their premises and only in front of their premises.

The solution here would be for the urban planners to allocate certain areas dedicated for motor workshops, with the workshop lots designed to suit the needs and operation of workshops. There once was such a dedicated motor workshop area in Section 8, Petaling Jaya which has since been mostly cleared away and an office complex – i.e. Avenue 8 built in its place.

PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)

Very good point. Outsourcing and reserved season parking bays are a legacy of the former Barisan Nasional government, which should be reviewed in the interests of the public by the current Pakatan government, both federal and state.

As a compromise for people who work in the areas, yes cancel the season parking bays but continue to let motorists buy and display season parking passes or windscreen stickers, so they can park all day in any available bay.

This way, whenever the season parking holder is away from office, he or she frees up a bay for others to use.

However, exceptions can be made for motor workshops which need a free space in front for cars to come in and out.

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