Starting from July 18, on-road, metered parking will now be limited to two hours in certain areas in Kuala Lumpur, The Sun reports. The limited time ruling will cover metered roadside parking in busy areas within the city centre such as Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Ampang.

The move is being taken to deter motorists from hogging parking spaces for long periods, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said. Aside from the two-hour cap, parking fees are also being increased for the duration.

“We will increase the parking fee to RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for the second hour. Anyone who surpasses the two-hour limit will find your cars clamped or towed; in fact we won’t even summon,” he told reporters.

dbkl parking tow bernama pix

He added that the move was also meant to encourage people to take public transportation when they come into the city. “This will also encourage people to park at designated parking centres and walk,” Tengku Adnan said.

He said that his ministry is still studying the implementation of the new scheme in Brickfields, but added that townships like Bangsar, Kepong, Hartamas will not be affected yet. He also said that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will be installing more electronic boards to show the number of available parking bay inside complexes and commercial buildings in the city.

What do you think of the move to impose a two-hour time limit for metered parking in the city centre – bane or boon for motorists? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.