The ministry of transport has revealed that it intends to build more parking facilities near train stations for the benefit of those who commute frequently. According to Berita Harian, transport minister Anthony Loke said there is presently no standard parking system established by the Malaysian Railway Assets Corporation (RAC), which is a parking operator appointed by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM).

“The problem arises when the parking fees imposed are not standardised. I hope the RAC will address the matter by discussing it with local authorities. The land around train and KTM stations can be leased to local authorities, and it is up to them whether they choose to appoint an operator or provide free carparks to residents living near the station,” said Loke.

“I urge the local authorities to provide free parking facilities to the rakyat, because that is the best move and will also encourage the public to start using public transportation,” he told the press after visiting the RAC’s headquarters yesterday. Loke also said it’s up to the RAC and local authorities to decide upon the best mechanism to implement the car park system.

“For example, there are two KTM stations in my parliamentary constituency in Seremban, one located in Batang Benar and the other in Nilai. Previously, the RAC planned to appoint a parking operator, but the residents opposed the idea,” explained Loke.

“So now, the RAC will not impose any parking fees, but that also means maintenance work will not be provided for the car park. We will discuss with local authorities – perhaps they may be agreeable to a low fee for the RAC. We (the transport ministry) will leave it to them to sort things out,” Loke added.