The first mechanical car park in Malaysia has been launched in Petaling Jaya.Only seven vehicles can accommodate and this is only a 3 month trial until Sept 30.The mechanical car park already popular in the US, Japan, China and Taiwan.Read the full news from NST below.
TRIAL RUN FOR MECHANICAL CAR PARK
PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has gone mechanical in its efforts to alleviate parking woes in the city.
A XIZI-IUK mechanical parking system was launched in Section 52 on 28th June, where cars will be parked and vertically lifted onto designated bays in a multi-level structure.
The parking facility is the first of its kind in the country.
Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Puasa Taib, who officiated the launch, said a three-month-long trial run would commence from tomorrow until Sept 30.
“Depending on the public feedback to the trial run in Section 52, we may expand this system to other areas with severe parking problems, such as in Damansara Kim and Uptown,” said Puasa, who represented mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.
The RM250,000 three-level-three-row facility can accommodate seven vehicles, with an hourly parking charge of RM1.50 from 8am to 6pm. From 6pm to 9pm, there is also a RM1.50 charge per entry.
The facility will run on an elevator system. The moving pallet lift will help to slide the car into the correct position. The lift-speed would be between 30 and 90 seconds.
Car park slots can be increased into three and four folds and cars can be recalled using an onboard computerised system.
The facility also has a computerised self-diagnosis system to check against any malfunction or irregularities.
There are electronic sensors to detect if the cars are not parked properly, overweight, exceed the height, and other breaches.
The mechanical car park is popular in the United States, Japan, China and Taiwan.
Petaling Jaya councillor Cynthia Gabriel said the new system would go a long way in solving the shortage of parking space while also helping to improve the residents’ quality of life.
“We took corrective steps by identifying the key areas in Petaling Jaya where parking was a problem. We also talked to different companies a couple of months ago about coming up with solutions to this predicament,” said Gabriel.
She added that there were also issues such as infrastructure, land and contracts with parking operators to be settled before MBPJ would opt for the XIZI-IUK parking system, brought into Malaysia by Vertics Corp Sdn Bhd.
Harmizi Kasim, Vertics managing director, said they had approached councillor Gabriel with the proposal after reading a newspaper article on PJ’s parking problem.
He said the cost of building the multi-level car park varied with the height, adding that the higher the structure, the cheaper the building cost.
One of the Mechanical Car Park in China.