PD residents want parking coupons sold at petrol stations and 24-hour stores
Motorists in Port Dickson who are against the “park and display” system introduced on Jan 1 by the authorities in this seaside town want parking coupons to be made available at all petrol stations and 24-hour convenience and retail stores.
They said there was a pressing need for this because Port Dickson was a resort town and received thousands of tourists during the weekends and school holidays.
The motorists claimed that parking coupons were now only available at selected stores which did not operate for long hours.
Many said that they had been unable to buy the coupons before 8am as most agents selling them had yet to open for business for the day.
They claimed that the coupons were also not available at the Port Dickson Municipal Council (MPPD) parking booths as the officers were already out on their rounds.
Motorists are required to display the coupons from 8am to 5pm daily except on holidays and public holidays.
Those who fail to display the coupons will be slapped with a RM30 compound.
“If they fail to do so within two weeks, the summons will be increased to RM300.
A motorist, Rusli Abdullah, claimed that many people, particularly tourists, did not know where to buy the coupons and this had resulted in them being issued with parking summonses.
“No publicity was given to this coupon system when it was implemented.
“Many of my friends and relatives who visited PD had received summonses as they were neither aware of the system nor did they know where to buy the coupons,” he said, adding that MPPD should review the system and consider the possibility of reverting to a manual ticketing system.
MPPD had initially proposed to implement a 14-hour coupon parking system but revoked it following protests from Port Dickson residents.
The local council had planned to enforce the system from 8am to 10pm daily except on Sundays and public holidays but then implemented an 8am-to-5pm system.
The council also rescinded an earlier directive to collect parking fee at its lots in several residential areas in PD as well as in Linggi, Pasir Panjang, Sua Betong and Chuah.
It said although it had 4,242 parking lots, the council would only enforce the coupon system in PD town, Lukut, Bagan Pinang and along Jalan Pantai.
It will not do so in Linggi, Chuah, Pasir Panjang and Pengkalan Kempas.
Another motorist, Henry Yeoh, said those who used the automatic teller machine at the banks were also required to pay for an hour although they only parked for a couple of minutes.
“A solution should be found to this coupon parking system. It just isn’t fair.
“PD is not a big town where people park for hours. Our errands are normally done within minutes,” he said, adding that there was no justification for MPPD to increase the parking rate from 30 sen previously to 43 sen.
Resident Noor Aiza Baharuddin agreed with Yeoh, adding that the system was not suitable for a place like Port Dickson.
Citing an example, he said the council should not have introduced the system at KM6 along Jalan Pantai where the Bagan Pinang community hall, mosque and food court were located.
“We have to pay for the whole one hour although we spend only a couple of minutes at the mosque.
“How can this system work when it causes unnecessary hardship to the people?,” he asked.
Noor Aiza said the council should have adopted the metered parking concept which was practised in Seremban where motorists paid based on the time they parked.
Checks by StarMetro showed that several notice boards had been put up in town to notify motorists of the new system. They inform motorists to get their coupons from selected agents.
Another notice put up at a parking booth said motorists could purchase their coupons from 20 appointed agents which included coffee shops, book stores and restaurants.
Port Dickson assemblyman M.Ravi urged MPPD to revoke all parking summonses it issued from Feb 1 to 15 as many tourists had been slapped with fines for failing to display their coupons.
“Since Chinese New Year was celebrated over a long weekend, many people were unable to buy the coupons or could not get the coupons as businesses were closed.
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