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Published 19 February, 2020
Parking is, and has always been, one of the great Malaysian woes. Finding one in the thick of the city is already hard – often drivers are faced with a variety of other issues, payment being one of them.
It doesn’t help that parking in different cities and councils require different payment methods. Some entail running around in the search of parking meters that aren’t broken, while others saddle you with parking coupon booklets that you may only use once. Drivers also need to stock up on spare change – there’s no pain quite like needing to pay for parking only to have notes in your wallet.
Thing is, parking systems are a problem to the respective councils as well. Those that rely on parking operators to run and maintain meters incur high maintenance costs – in 2017, the Petaling Jaya City Council moved back to using coupons and terminated their partnership with a local parking operator in part due to various maintenance issues.
Councils that stick with the use of parking coupons face an issue of littering and wastefulness – not exactly a good thing if the country is looking to promote greener initiatives.
Technology is the inevitable solution, and already we have parking payment apps that allow users to make parking payments easily and without the need for cash. And at the forefront of this revolution is a home-grown solution called JomParking.