There will now be an alternative to using machines for purchasing parking tickets in Petaling Jaya – a coupon parking system can also be used, according to the Petaling Jaya City Council, The Sun reports.

“This system is implemented to manage the control of car parks in Petaling Jaya. It is also an alternative to the existing parking machines. This system will include all the on-street parking currently existing in PJ,” mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said.

Three types of coupons will be available – an hourly coupon booklet costing RM6 comprising 10 coupons at RM0.60 each, a daily coupon booklet priced at RM25 with five coupons at RM5 each, and a monthly pass at RM100.

“With this system, there is no more excuse of the parking machines not working. The booklets will be available easily at most retail shops,” Azizi added. At present, there are 16 agents appointed for distribution of the booklets to shops.

The new parking system will be implemented across Petaling Jaya once the services of current concessionaire, Godell Parking, are terminated. More than 700 ticket machines cater to 21,000 parking bays, however, more than half of the machines are faulty, the report said.

We’ve been here before, of course. The coupon method for parking payment was used previously in Petaling Jaya, but was discontinued in 2001.