The Municipal Department announced yesterday that they would be replacing the current parking ticket system with a new one that promises efficiency and a reduction in the number of unpaid tickets.

Speaking at a press con-ference at its Jalan Kebangsaan headquarters yesterday, the Chairman of the Municipal Board said that the new system would be effective starting April 1.

“We are upgrading the system that will be similar to systems used in other countries,” Pg Hj Mohd Ali Pg Hj Othman said yesterday.

He said the old ‘MCP’ ticketing system would be replaced by the new one that would effectively reduce the number of issues and problems associated with the old pay-as-you-park method. The new system would also save time.

The new prepaid tickets will come in four ‘scratch-as-you-park’ varieties denoted by its colour, resembling ‘scratch-and-win’ lottery tickets.

Available to the public come April will be: 30cent tickets, 50cent tickets, 60cent tickets, and $1 tickets, each to be used in different situations. The new tickets will be on sale from March 26.

The prepaid tickets will have to be purchased beforehand, and will be made available at most of the parking pondoks around the country.

You will have to purchase the prepaid tickets according to your parking needs before attempting to park in the zones listed by the Municipal Board.

The prepaid tickets must also be displayed clearly so parking attendants can see it.

With the old system, parking attendants would have to place tickets worth 50c on each car parking for a specified period of time.

If one exceeded the time period given, the attendants would place another ticket worth the same amount on the car. The process would repeat itself depending on how long you park there. It doesn’t stop there. You would then have to look for the parking attendant to pay for the tickets, and in some situations, can be cumbersome.

The new system would effectively eliminate this arduously trivial task, and still provide jobs for the parking attendants who now have the task of ensuring that all cars have the prepaid tickets displayed beneath their windshields.

Monthly prepaid tickets will also be available for purchase varying from $80 to $100.

“Altogether, this new system will increase efficiency, reduce time wastage, as well as reduce the number of issues that came with the old system,” the chairman told reporters. Courtesy Of Sunday Buletin