Replace parking meters with coupons

TAMAN Maluri is located near the beginning of Jalan Cheras, which is an extension of the old Jalan Pudu in Kuala Lumpur.

The proximity of the housing area together with its township to the city centre makes it popular with residents, as many schools are found in the area, including an international school.

The busy township is like any other where cars are double-parked due to limited roadside parking lots, and those empty are usually reserved lots or hogged by businesses such as motorcar workshops.

The challenge is not only finding a vacant parking lot but also a parking meter that works, as most are faulty.

Many motorists would suffer a sense of unease leaving their vehicles without a parking receipt while having a meal or attending to their chores, and could only hope that no summons is stuck to a wiper blade upon their return.

On Tuesday, I had to go to Taman Maluri and parked at the first parking lot available but the display screen of the first parking meter was blank and out of order.

The second parking meter was working but I had to contend with the rubbish dumped there, and that was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

Instead of putting up with faulty parking meters whenever I visit Taman Maluri, I am urging Kuala Lumpur City Hall to replace parking meters with the coupon system, which has worked very well in Pandan Jaya located next to Taman Maluri.

Not long ago, Pandan Jaya, which is in Selangor, also used parking meters and a few were faulty, but were no longer an issue after the coupon system was introduced.

It is a wonder why City Hall is dragging its feet to solve a simple matter that has caused much inconvenience to motorists.

YS Chan
Kuala Lumpur