Call to impose RM40 parking fee 

(Business Times) – Parking charges of up to RM40 per hour should be imposed to reduce traffic in major cities here, suggests a board member for the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning.

Khairiah Mohd Talha said the fee should be raised to encourage people to leave their cars at home and use public transportation to travel to work and other places. 

The system, she said, has proven successful in other countries. 

For instance, Australia and Singapore charge A$40 (RM120) and S$40 (RM100) per hour, respectively, while in the United States, Boston and New York also charge US$40 (RM130) per hour, she said. 

High parking charges would also help lower carbon emission and create a safer environment, she said. 

Speaking at a highway conference in Johor recently, Khairiah said it is vital that a peoplecentric transportation master plan is implemented to meet the target. 

“The master plan should not focus on business … it should be people first,” she added. 

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