The Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) is offering free parking at bays along road shoulders from tomorrow until August 31st.

The decision was announced by Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa in his Twitter page.

“I have agreed that all roadside parking within the surrounds of Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur will be FREE,” said the tweet.

“Road users do not need to pay and it is hoped that the savings will be used for the purchase of other family essentials,”.

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Currently, parking rates differ from location to location under the jurisdiction of DBKL, with high-traffic areas such as Bukit Bintang and Jalan Petaling are the highest at RM1.50 hour and the subsequent hour is RM2.50. Users are also discouraged to “hog” the parking bay longer than two hours as the payment only allows just two slots of one-hour parking for each transaction.  

Outer locales such as housing areas meanwhile can be as low as RM0.80 per hour and offer full-day payment per transaction.

Will other councils and “majlis perbandaran” follow suit with this generous directive? We noticed the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) still issue summons for users who could have “forgotten” to pay for their parking, assuming the enforcement team were not working.

Payment for roadside parking is now easier through smartphone apps, with the Flexiparking app covering the DBKL and Selangor municipals.