Solar-powered parking meters
Jun12, 2008 By FAZLEENA AZIZ
THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will replace the present parking meters with the new electronic parking system SLKE in the city by next week.
The new Pay and Display scheme will see electronic machines placed at strategic locations to allow motorists to pay parking fees using cash or on credit via the Mykad.
Cash or credit: The new Electronic Parking System (SLKE) machine that will be installed at strategic locations in the city.
According to KL mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan, the solar-powered system is user friendly.
The operation period is from 7.30am to 10pm and the hourly parking rate is maintained at 80 sen in the city centre and 50 sen outside the city centre.
The first phase for the new system covers Bukit Bintang, Masjid India, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kampung Baru, Chow Kit, Pudu, Kompleks Damai and Loke Yew, which will be operational from next Monday.
The second phase and following phases will be implemented progressively according to areas by August.
“There is no cost on the part of the DBKL part but we have an installer and operators for the parking system,” Hakim said during a meet-the-press session yesterday.
Hakim also said that the system would be helpful in areas where they were illegal operators and jockeys.
The machines will be stationed at every 20 parking spaces and 50 enforcement officers will be on duty at four main zones, where the parking meters are installed.
The DBKL will pay RM1.50 a day to the system installer company for each parking space. An operator will be hired to handle collection and maintenance at every parking zones.
Asked about his recent “study trip” to Europe and Canada organised by the Federal Territories Ministry, the DBKL and Putrajaya Corporation, Hakim said the ministry would submit a report to the cabinet.
On the current government belt-tightening measures, Hakim said the DBKL would adhere to the cost-cutting and cost-saving agenda.
“We will save electricity by minimising the use of lights and air conditioners.
“The use of stationeries, events and the use of office vehicles will be minimised,” Hakim said.
“We will evaluate the need for having courses, overseas and local trips as well as other programmes,” he said.