The manual ‘old school’ Kuching parking system may be changed into a digital parking system soon.
A news report by the Borneo Post said that the Council of the City of Kuching South (MBKS) is already rolling out strategies and plans to introduce such parking facility in the near future.
The report quoted Kuching South mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng, as saying that the move was in line with the council’s effort to embrace digital transformation and that the council are in the midst of discussion with operators in charge of collecting parking fees in Kuching, the Kuching City Parking System (KCPS).
It was also noted that the meeting is expected to be held by mid-January.
The same report also stated that any announcement to improve the current system would be done by Kuching City Parking System (KCPS).
In the mean time, the council is also looking at ways to migrate the current paper coupon parking system to digital parking.
One of the option is to use a parking apps when the digitalisation starts which is something already implemented in Miri, Sarawak.
Old school parking tickets
Currently, motorist parking their vehicles in public car parks in Kuching under both Council of the City of Kuching South and the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) are required to display scratch coupons according to the length of time they use a parking space.
The parking coupons, priced at 20 sen for the first 30 minutes, 50 sen for the next 30 minutes, and 80 sen for every subsequent 30-minute block have been in use for decades in Kuching.
However, with many cities now moving towards digitalisation, including the introduction of digital payment for private parking in Kuching, there has been a call to upgrade how parking is paid for public car parks.
Request for improvements
There is also request to introduce day-use parking tickets which will allow motorist to use or pay just one price to park on any public car park within 24 hours instead of the current system which requires one to estimate their length of parking via a 30 minute interval.
Aside from that, there has been also request to extend overdue parking compunds beyond the days already set as they are not friendly to non-Kuching residents.