If you’re worried about Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)’s proposal to disallow parking bays in new city buildings, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Amin Nordin Ab Aziz has assured motorists that such a move will only be implemented once the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network is ready.

“We are still in the midst of studying the idea of not having parking bays for new buildings in the city centre, hence, the move is still in the planning stage. We are considering implementing it for the city’s future development, because once the MRT is ready, then probably we would not need those parking bays anymore,” said Amin Nordin.

Should the plan be implemented, more Malaysians will need to make their way to train stations, with some likely to park their cars there. As parking spaces can be somewhat limited at select stations, Amin Nordin was asked on what DBKL would do about the issue. He replied by saying the matter was for SPAD (Land Public Transport Commission) or Prasarana to solve.

Yesterday, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the policy of not having parking bays in a building is common among developed cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Melbourne and London.

He added the move was meant to reduce traffic congestion and to encourage the use of public transport. The scrapping of city parking is not a new idea as it was first proposed in 2015, alongside imposing Singapore ERP-style congestion charges for private vehicles entering the city.