Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)

This will be of interest to those who travel into KL on a daily basis. It appears that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is looking to reduce the number of parking spaces and impose congestion charges for private vehicles entering the city, come 2017.

The idea is to take a cue from world-class cities from around the world in an attempt to reduce traffic entering the city, instead encouraging citizens and travellers to use public transport facilities, The Sun reports.

Its mayor, Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, spoke about his future plans at the opening of the 7th World Class Sustainable Cities Conference yesterday. When asked by attending members of the media as to when the new plans could take place, the DBKL mayor responded, “Maybe after the completion of the Mass Rapid Transit line.”

Also in attendance was Deputy Federal Territories Minister, Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan, who further elaborated on the future plans. “The government will impose plans to make it difficult for private vehicles to enter the city. This includes higher development costs for developers, or building owners to build car parks which will contribute to high parking charges.”

He continued to say the plan to limit, in a sense, the incoming traffic into the city could make it easier for people to move around, depending more on the “MRT, LRT and other public transport services.”

How do you feel about this, then?