The citizens of Kuala Lumpur are about to have a very bad time.
Barely a week after news broke that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is mulling banning underground parking lots
in the city, KLites will now have to deal with a parking fee hike as well.
On Tuesday, The Star Online
reported that the price hike will remain after attempts to quash it in court was rejected.
The challenge, filed by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Federal Territory Consumers Association president Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman in October last year, was reportedly thrown out by the High Court.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) reportedly filed an objection to the suit, resulting in the challenge being dismissed by Justice Azizah Nawawi.
The decision to impose a steep price hike on parking bays owned by DBKL last July drew massive flak from the general public.
Under the new structure, parking rates in certain parts of the central business district (CBD) saw an increase of almost 150 per cent, from 80 sen an hour to RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for subsequent hours.
Parking rates were also increased between 100 to 200 per cent in zones outside the city, from 50 sen an hour to RM1 or RM1.50 an hour.
So, guys; perhaps it's really time for us to walk to work.