Mayor: More payment options for parking at two Ipoh public facilities

The Perak Urban Transformation Center (UTC) and Amanjaya Chicken Market car parks in Ipoh now use a license plate recognition feature, as part of Ipoh City Council’s plan to promote payment digital.

Ipoh Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said those without apps like [email protected] could still park there but would have to scan a QR code to pay.

QR codes, he said, have been strategically placed at both premises to facilitate payment through Flexi Parking.

“The License Plate Recognition feature started early last month.

“Motorists can still enter car parks even if they don’t have the [email protected] app,” he told the Ipoh City Council plenary meeting.

“The digitization of parking payment is in line with the city council’s goal of becoming a smart, low-carbon city,” he added.

On October 18, StarMetro had reported the problem senior citizens were having in the parking lot at both facilities because only digital payment was accepted.

Rumaizi previously said payment for public parking in the city would become fully digital by 2024.

He also encouraged people to download and familiarize themselves with the [email protected] app.

Physical parking coupons in circulation can still be sold to the public and used until December 31, 2023.

Rumaizi also said that parking at UTC and the chicken market costs 60 sen per hour and 4 RM for a whole day.

“Between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., the payment is RM2, while the monthly pass is RM85,” he added.

Rumaizi said the [email protected] app has been updated with several new features, including daily pass, monthly pass, parking sticker status check and digital agent.

He said existing agents who sell parking coupons could become an agent to help people digitally pay for their parking.

“Officers interested in participating need only notify the City Council parking unit,” he said.

“Those who don’t have a smartphone or haven’t downloaded the apps can use the services of designated digital agents near UTC and Chicken Market to pay,” he said.

For any request, call the parking unit of the town hall on 05-255 4377 / 4387 / 4388.

Separately, Rumaizi said the city council will continue its electronic and electrical waste (garbage) collection programs on the third weekend of the month, November 19-20.

He said the five locations of the collection were Bercham Rukun Tetangga Building, Jelapang Public Hall, Pasir Pinji Community Hall, Rapat Setia Night Market Site and Padang Lintau in Manjoi.

He added that collection would be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The public can bring in their unwanted electronic and electrical items to exchange them for cash tokens.

“Those who have participated in the program will be eligible for a raffle with prizes worth up to RM10,000,” he said.

Regarding the number of dengue fever cases in the city, Rumaizi said there has been a significant increase since the beginning of the year.

He said as of October 23, a total of 412 cases had been reported, compared to 150 cases during the same period last year.

“Although no outbreaks were reported between September 17 and October 11, the continued rainy season caused an increase in cases.

“We urge the community to play their part in reducing dengue cases in the city,” he added.

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Elaine R. Knight