TL;DR – Startups such as Jom Parking and ParkIt are solving Malaysian parking issues
It does not matter whether you are Malaysian, if you are of a different nationality, or if you are simply an expatriate or tourist visiting Malaysia, you have probably found yourself on more than one occasion being stuck in your unmoving car, in the middle of a long queue of cars.
Out of all the things that Malaysians are not familiar with, traffic jams and double parking is not one of them. Almost every household in Malaysia has a car, the usual being two or three cars and maybe one or two motorcycles. Hence, it’s hard not to get excited over these businesses that provide solutions for our nightmares.
Proudly made in Cyberjaya, JomParking is highly sought after from those looking for a smooth, easy way to book a parking space and pay for the parking fee in advance. The steps are simple. All you need to do is download the app either from App Store or Google Play and simply sign up as well as register your car plate number. The app only accepts payment in the form of Tokens, a sort of currency within the app. The minimum amount to purchase is RM6. To book a parking space, you’ll need to type in the area where you wish to park, the duration, and make your payment. Users will be alerted minutes prior to the expiration of the parking duration. Locations covered by JomParking include Bangsar, Bangsar Utama, Bukit Damansara, Sri Hartamas, Desa Sri Hartamas, and Solaris Mont Kiara.
ParkIt, another nifty solution, connects drivers to unused or spare parking spaces owned by local property owners, namely condominiums and apartments. To put it simply, ParkIt acts as a middleman between drivers who needs a parking space at the same place on a regular basis and parking space owners who wish to put their available parking space on lease with the determination of fees solely at the parking space owner’s discretion. To begin, simply log on to their website, choose between the “Carpark Owners” or “Drivers” tab and follow infographic instructions given. Locations covered by ParkIt include KL Sentral, Damansara Heights, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Bangsar, KLCC, Raja Chulan and Hartamas..
Urbanites, with parking solutions such as these, we hope you go through less hassles and are more productive. Nevertheless, keep in mind, with or without solutions, always keep your driving and parking etiquette intact!