The heart of Kuala Lumpur is set to receive a premier parking tower on Jalan Tun Razak soon, aimed at solving the perennial shortage of parking spaces in the city centre. The Mechanical Automated Parking System (MAPS) towers will be able to meet the needs of consumers with the diversity of services offered, said M.A Intelligent Parking (MAIP) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Muhammad Isa Kasim.

The multi-storey car park uses an integrated multi-level parking system from Japan, and includes valet services, as well as provision for seasonal parking and premier parking. The multi-level parking system consists of an array of hoists which allows parked cars to be stacked one atop another, thereby populating the car park vertically in a more space-efficient manner.

When the parking tower opens to the public within two months, parking rates start from RM13 per entry, and RM2 for each subsequent hour. The parking tower has 199 parking bays and operates 24 hours. Efficiency of space is an advantage of the parking tower, as this particular building takes up just one acre of land, Isa said.

“We will use our expertise, as well as our counterpart in Japan to implement the system all over the country. The project revolves around places like hospitals and shopping malls where parking is in demand,” he added, saying his company has already started similar multi-level parking building projects in Kedah, Perlis, Pahang and Terengganu. According to Bernama, MAIP aims to build 20 MAPS in the country next year, at an investment of RM1.8 billion.