Free parking for EVs in cities being considered – Nga

Free parking for EVs in cities being considered – Nga

The government is considering free parking for electric vehicles (EVs) in cities to further encourage the switch from ICE to electric. According to housing and local government minister Nga Kor Ming, the proposal is being discussed following the transport ministry’s move introduce “green plates” for EVs.

“We are currently studying the possibility of giving parking exemption for EV cars as a push factor for more people to buy EVs rather than traditional fossil fuel cars,” Nga told the media after attending the Asean-China Roundtable Talks on Urban Construction and Housing yesterday, The Star reported.

The Teluk Intan MP said that his ministry is holding talks with the local councils to consider the feasibility of the proposal. He cited UK capital London as an example, where congestion charge of about RM90 per entry is imposed on ICE-powered cars entering the city while EVs are exempted from parking fees.

Last month, transport minister Anthony Loke announced a new EV road tax structure that’s on average 85% lower than the previous template. He also said that special number plates for EVs are currently in the final stage of development. They are said to include RFID tech and will help bomba identify EVs in accidents.

Just a thought – EVs – with zero tailpipe emissions – are great for cities, but if air pollution is the real issue at hand, how about banning two-stroke motorcycles (the high-pitched ones, try following one with your windows down) and black smoke-belching lorries first? Not as fashionable and trending as EVs of course…

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • anwar menang, rakyat dijubokkan on Jul 05, 2024 at 11:48 am

    again… only the T20 can afford EV and the gov panders to the T20… they can buy the >RM100K cars but cannot pay for parking..
    what a stupid idea!!

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    • This PH Gomen is only for the rich not the rakyat marhaen. Lets harapan the majority knows what to do in GE16.

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      • Dah Menang Semua on Jul 05, 2024 at 4:09 pm

        Those drives EV
        Those can afford EV
        Orang “Kelainan” Upaya

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      • Your dedak and handouts funded by us. You took away our fuel subsidies. Do we have to invite you into our homes and eat our food as well? Not your fault if you were born poor but it’s clearly your fault if you remain poor in your adulthood. Remember this!

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      • Observer on Jul 05, 2024 at 11:48 pm

        Most Malaysian nowadays especially the less brighter young had a mentality problem cannot think rational but keep barking on the tree

        Reason these people are eating in the wrong shops and foods that make them.becoming morons when they are not initially

        The movie bewitched could be true

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    • Tax subsidy can be removed,
      once the Free Parking for EV is introduced.

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  • Squid on Jul 05, 2024 at 11:50 am

    I second the suggestion to banning 2 stroke motorcycles however you can’t just ban them without offering an alternative solution. Most are using those old bikes because that is all they have as a mode of transport.

    Maybe can do a 2 stroke to 4 stroke bike exchange program or something along those lines.

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  • Mikasa on Jul 05, 2024 at 12:08 pm

    Parking for OKU and motorcycle already been abused…expected parking for EV also gonna be the same

    Good idea but not ready until the EV sale up to 50% of total vehicle sale

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  • “He cited UK capital London as an example,..”

    What a nincompoop comparing with London. Do UK gets all the mining pollutions? Where are all the mining and processing done?

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  • Fed up with third world policy on Jul 05, 2024 at 12:39 pm

    Makes no sense to continue to pamper the rich. It’s not like EVs are sold to people who can’t afford them. We still have that ridiculous rm100k benchmark for EVs to be sold in the country. So people who can afford EVs atm can afford to freaking pay for public parking. Period! I get that it’s to promote EV adoption, but to truly get the mass to adopt EVs, remove the damn 100k rule and improve charging infrastructure!

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    • PAmper the rich is still better. These people contribute to economy, employment, pay taxes and keeping the country clean and functional.

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      • Cyrus on Jul 05, 2024 at 4:21 pm

        Regardless of whether we are in the T20, M40, or B40 income groups, we all contribute to the economy and pay various taxes, such as income tax (if applicable), sales tax, and service tax. If there are pampers/benefits to be given, they should be extended to all income groups.

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    • Fed up with lazy people on Jul 05, 2024 at 8:54 pm

      Make no sense to pamper the poor too

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  • Help the rich people?

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  • banning two-stroke motorcycles and black smoke-belching lorries – this a great one!

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  • along bukit beruntung on Jul 05, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    Nga Kor ming forgot, to make EV also use fossil resources and what’s more its 3-4 times resources than conventional ICE car and additional REE (rare earth elements) uses to make batteries..
    please laaa.. EV is not the future, there’s a lot of proof that we can just google it.. too much damage for earth already..

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    • Mike Tee on Jul 05, 2024 at 3:26 pm

      Lifetime CO2 emissions for EVs, REE, manufacturing, batteries, electricity generation source (coal even), recycling all taken into account, has been proven (go Google “ev lifetime co2 emission”) to be less than ICE.

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      • anwar menang, rakyat dijubokkan on Jul 06, 2024 at 10:26 am

        Please explain why CO2(only 0.04%) is being treated as the culprit of climate change?
        The major gas in our environment is
        1. Nitrogen-78%
        2. Oxygen-21%
        3. Other gases- 0.96%
        4. Carbon dioxide-0.04
        In school we learnt that CO2 is used by all plants for photosynthesis. The byproduct of this reaction is oxygen.
        If CO2 is further reduced, how will plants photosynthesize?

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  • Who are the buyers of ev? Oh ya the rich. Getting all the benefits.

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    • And why shouldn’t we? We pay the most taxes

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    • rich ppl paying few hundred k tax , cant use free parking compare with few hundred tax payer?

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  • cager on Jul 05, 2024 at 2:17 pm

    EV does not solve traffic jam issue but less cars on the road will. They should have implement the congestion charge in the KL city center especially during peak hour to reduce traffic jam. This will reduce all the illegal parking along the road side as well. Make the city center walkable with shaded wide walkway not wide streets with pedestrian crossing. With a huge the foot traffic on the Bukit Bintang road, better just make parts of the road a pedestrian zone.

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  • Shakes head on Jul 05, 2024 at 2:36 pm

    Sigh. This is the level of competency of our lawmakers.

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    • Greed, its all about greed and helping their fellow T20

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      • Politikus on Jul 05, 2024 at 9:00 pm

        Can the B40s contribute to our pockets? We only need you once every 5 years. You can be easily bought by cheap dedak

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  • Mike Tee on Jul 05, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    The optics of this is terrible. The effectiveness of this is also questionable. Don’t do it.

    Coming from a multiple EV owner.

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  • Peppa on Jul 05, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    Nga kor ming babi

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  • Autodriver on Jul 05, 2024 at 9:54 pm

    I hope gov can introduce also half price for toll fare for EV as well as EV only in certain prime areas. I know most M40 and B40 will bash my suggestion. Hey you guys already enjoy low fuel price, why should gov give you more privilege while gov is trying remove fuel subsidy from the rich one. Rich people paying much more income tax to gov, why should gov penalize them. Rich people paying more income tax, SST and all kind of tax compare to M40 and B40. B40 enjoy subsidy of low fuel price meanwhile the biggest contribution is from rich people, not contribution from B40. If you feel my statement is harsh then work hard to become T20 driving EV and enjoy the benefit. Stop blaming on rich people, they don’t owe B40 a single cent.

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    • Are you suggesting gov to help the rich getting richer?

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      • Autodriver on Jul 12, 2024 at 9:13 am

        Do you think the B40 and M40 paying more tax like rich people? Do you know that MOST B40 are not paying income tax and other taxes too because of they low income and low purchasing power.

        Do you know the lowest tier of T20 is paying at least RM12k income tax yearly to gov. The upper tier are paying over RM100k tax yearly meanwhile ALMOST ALL B40 aren’t paying any income tax and yet gov is giving most subsidy to the poor one.

        FYI not all rich people are enterprenuers, probably more than 50% of T20 are employees who earning high income. Why can’t gov give some courtesy to rich people? So in your theory gov should not give any help to rich people and expect to take rich people money and funding for the poor one? So poor people deserve to be helped and tongkat for generations?

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  • klguy on Jul 05, 2024 at 11:30 pm

    another step taken by MAD&I govt to force the T20 to buy EVs….

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  • Danny use your brain, why you single out 2 stroke motorcycle? EV owners using your same cow logic will also ask how about banning ICE, petrol and diesel cars.

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  • So much special privilege for EVs. We should all smuggle petrol so that we all can make money and able to afford to buy EVs.

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  • haha…
    free parking for EV, geng tak suka
    EV banyak ke motor banyak?
    motor bayar tax?
    motor parking ada bayar?
    motor roadtax berapa?

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  • Susukotak on Jul 07, 2024 at 8:53 am

    Why no consideration at all for hybrid vehicle if the aim to reduce carbon emmision? OR it just a fun for sale and rich people to toys?

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  • It should have cost more not free. Free parking doesn’t justify the higher cost on road maintenances. A heavier vehicle will wear out the roads faster than their lighter counterparts. It’s time for the government to “reform” the current road tax system to calculate base on weight of the vehicle. No matter it’s an ICE or an EV, it make sence for a heavier vehicle should pay more road tax and parking because it cost more to maintain the infrastructure.

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  • Fendy on Jul 08, 2024 at 8:46 am

    Free parking for rich people??? wahhh… what`s next? the rest will terngaNga laaa

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  • Ngap Ngok Ngek on Jul 08, 2024 at 12:31 pm

    this is most bullshit idea i’ve ever heard from DAP minister. He rank second after LGE lrt bullshit cost fiasco. My question is where did all netizen come out with DAP candidate than UMNO? seem like their IQ and EQ are on par. bravo.

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