After Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) raised parking charges by 150% for its public bays in the central business district (CBD) and other high traffic areas on July 18, the authorities have since back-pedalled following public complaints.

DBKL has already scrapped the implementation of the new parking charges in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), and according to The Star, at least four more townships will see a reduction in parking charges of between 25% and 50%. The daily believes that areas such as Bangsar, Sri Hartamas and Solaris Mont Kiara will see a reduction in parking fees.

It was reported that Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor met with PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday to discuss the changes and the former is expected to make an announcement on the matter today or tomorrow.

In the July 18 move, the CBD saw a hike in parking charges by 150% from RM0.80 an hour to RM2 for the first hour. Beyond that, it will cost drivers RM3 for the second and each subsequent hour. Additionally, a maximum parking cap of two hours was implemented in selected areas. Affected areas included Bukit Bintang, Bukit Damansara, Hartamas, Solaris Mont Kiara, TTDI and Bangsar.

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Tengku Adnan had earlier said there was confusion about CBD areas which led to residential townships being included in the steep hike. “The instruction to increase parking charges to RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for consecutive hours was only for CBD areas. Townships such as TTDI, Bangsar, Sri Hartamas and Kepong were designated as CBD in DBKL’s old structure plan, hence the mistake,” he said.

“I have asked DBKL to review the rates and listen to the people affected. The rates for the CBD area will remain,” the minister was quoted as saying.

If the reduction is 25%, the RM2 rate will fall to RM1.50. If it is 50%, it will be RM1 per hour. The Star points out that if a 25% reduction is approved, motorists in say, Bangsar, who park for eight hours straight will pay RM12 as opposed to RM23 with the recently increased rate.