Penang has decided to stop selling paper-based coupons from 31 December this year
Motorists and visitors in Penang have been urged to download the Penang Smart Parking (PSP) app
The PSP system, which was introduced in August this year, is the first smart parking system in Malaysia.
It covers both the Penang Island and Seberang Perai city councils and requires all users to pay for parking via a smartphone app, reported Free Malaysia Today.
According to Malay Mail, the installations of sensors at all 36,000 parking lots in the state will notify PSP app users about the availability of parking bays.
Those unable to make online transactions to top up credits into the app can buy PSP e-coupons from council-appointed agents
There are five official agents where motorists can buy the e-coupons from, other than the council itself.
They are 7-Eleven, Happy Mart, Yang Agency, PH Ocean, and Jefferson.
"The e-coupons will have codes for users to punch into the app to top up their credits," Gooi said.
The parking rates will remain the same despite the introduction of the smart parking system
The parking rate will remain at 80 sen per hour on the island and 40 sen per hour on the mainland.
The chargeable parking hours will be from 8am to 6pm every day, except on Sundays and public holidays.