Two days ago, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) began charging its new hourly parking rate in a number of areas within the city’s central business district (CBD). Under the new rate structure, hourly parking charges in the CBD have seen a 150% hike, being increased from RM0.80 an hour to RM2 for the first hour, followed by RM3 for the second hour and each subsequent hour after that.

Areas covered by the new rates are Bukit Bintang, Bukit Damansara, Sri Hartamas, Desa Hartamas, Solaris Mont Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) and Bangsar. Now, following public outcry, DBKL has scrapped the new parking rate in TTDI with immediate effect, The Star reports.

The decision was made following a meeting between DBKL and Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor earlier today. “After taking in the views of all parties, City Hall has decided to revert the parking charges at TTDI, since it is a residential township,” explained Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.

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The report adds that other areas will continue to run with the new parking charges, which will be enforced in stages from now to Aug 1, depending on locality.

Zones outsides the city, where charges are currently RM0.50 per hour, are also set to face a hike in parking charges. Currently 50 sen an hour, these will be increased to RM1 or RM1.50 per hour, depending on zones. Areas include Brickfields, Taman Maluri, Cheras, Wangsa Maju and Setapak, where the percentage of parking occupancy in these areas are between 55% and 75%.

Earlier, it was reported that DBKL was also set to introduce a maximum parking cap of just two hours in selected areas, where those who surpass the two-hour limit will find their cars clamped or towed.