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Penang bids farewell to paper-based parking coupons

All Penang motorist and visitors who drive to Penang must now download the Penang Smart Parking (PSP) app as no more paper-based coupon will be sold from Dec 31st onwards, wrote The Star.

The app has gained more than 10 thousand downloads at the time of writing with the number expected to rise in coming months.

This was according to a recent reminder issued by City Councillor Gooi Seong Kin at the Penang Island City Council.

“All Penang motorists and visitors who drive must download the Penang Smart Parking (PSP) app and start using it," said Gooi.

He added that those who are unwilling or unable to make online transactions to top up credits into the app can head to five official agents namely 7Eleven, Happy Mart, Yang Agency, PH Ocean and Jefferson to get their PSP e-coupons which can then be used to punch into the app for top-up purposes.

The Penang city councillor also announced the standardised chargeable parking hours for PSP on the mainland and on the island will be from 8 AM to 6 PM every day except on Sundays and public holidays.

It was earlier reported that Penang was the first state to fully implement smart parking via an app.

According to a recent article by The Star, by August 2020, all 36,000 public parking spaces in Penang will have sensors embedded into the road surface that will tell app users if any of the lots near them are vacant.

It remains to be seen if other states would adopt this approach.