DBKU studying Orange Zone system to reduce parking space hogging

Abang Abdul Wahap (right) setting up a parking rate sign as the gimmick to launch the newly gazetted coupon system parking area at Jalan Kulas in Satok here.

KUCHING, Jan 2: The Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) is studying the implementation of Orange Zone parking areas in hotspots like banks, the post office and other dense business areas to ease parking congestion in those places.

DBKU Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai said not only would the implementation of the Orange Zone system ease parking congestion, it would also give others a chance to park their vehicles for a short period of time to go about their business at these hotspots.

“We are proposing to gazette these hotspot parking areas as Orange Zone. The rate of these zones will be higher than normal zones. Anyone can park there, but they would have to pay more.


“For example at banks, we do not want certain people hogging parking spaces too long, so with the implementation of Orange Zones parking spaces, others would have more chance to park their vehicles too,” he told reporters after officiating at a newly gazetted coupon system parking area at Jalan Kulas in Satok here earlier today.

Abang Abdul Wahap also cited another example, where the current General Post Office at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg here had no parking spaces in front of it, but people were forced to park their vehicles there anyway to conduct their tasks and errands at the post office counters.

He said, depending on the study, DBKU might gazette that area with Orange Zone parking spaces.

“This will depend on the study that is still being carried out — if it would provide convenience for the people, or make the traffic flow there worse,” stressed Abang Abdul Wahap. — DayakDaily