Motorists in Perak will soon get the option of paying for parking via smartphone when a dedicated app is rolled out by 2019, The Sun reports. This goes in hand with the existing coupon system, which will be standardised in all the 15 local councils beginning January. This means motorists are able to use either the e-parking app or traditional coupon system to pay for parking.
Currently, the parking coupons vary across the state, and motorists are required to purchase their respective coupons from local councils to pay for parking.
State housing, local government, public transport, non-Islamic affairs and new villages committee chairman Yong Choo Kiong said “the briefing on the system, including the implementation of the e-parking, will be conducted by the company which handles the application in all the councils next month.”
“As a first step, we want to standardise the coupon system and at the same time, for the convenience of the public, we want to introduce online banking or payment via credit card. With one application it can be used in all the councils. I hope motorists will choose the e-parking system,” he told the press after attending the swearing in ceremony of 23 councillors of Ipoh City Council to serve until July 14, 2019.
This is a similar move to the Smart Selangor Parking (SSP) system, one that allows users to make payments for parking and vehicle summonses through a smartphone app. It is expected to be implemented at all 12 local authorities in the state sometime next year, although it’s unclear if the app will completely replace the good old coupon system.
What do you think of this, guys? Is the dual payment (e-parking and coupon) system a more favourable approach than going completely digital? Sound off in the comments section, below.