Free parking for Penangites as PSP system still faces technical glitch

THE two local councils – Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and the Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) – will not impose any parking fees as the Penang Smart Parking (PSP) system is still unstable.


State Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said both MBPP and MBSP were still monitoring the situation.


“Last night, I understand there was a technical problem. By 11am today, it was restored but the system was not stable, coming on and off.


“I hope they will get it fixed as soon as possible,” Jagdeep said, referring to the HeiTech Padu Berhad, the company managing the PSP system.


Asked whether users had to make any payment, Jagdeep said if the system was not operational, the status quo remains.


“Both councils will issue a forthcoming statement later today on this matter,” Jagdeep told reporters after the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Penang Youth Development Corporation and Big Domain Sdn Bhd.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was also present, said currently, they did not know how much loss was incurred during the downtime.


In their statements issued yesterday, both councils stated that they had automatically cancelled out any compound issued to motorists who did not pay for their parking on Sept 1.


Story by K.H. Ong

Pix by Alvie Cheng