Common Parking Pet Peeves Faced by Every Malaysian

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Parking in the city of Kuala Lumpur is so annoying. Do you know that fellow Malaysians spends approximately 153 hours (Fun, Pui “People in KL Waste 25 Minutes Daily Just To Look For Parking Spots, Study Shows.” World Of Buzz 3 December, 2017) year to look for parking? That is just such a waste of precious time right there!

Car owners face this problem almost every day of their lives. No wonder people always have such grumpy face every morning at work! There’s several other parking pet peeves that many of us just don’t talk about, maybe because it’s just that annoying.

Which of this few parking pet peeves have you dealt with?

1)      Arriving at your destination looking like a mess.

It’ll be a dream for every Malaysian driver if they’re able to find a parking spot that’s nearby their destination, right up front with covered pathway and AC please, thank you. Unfortunately, due to the high number of people working in the city, one can only wish. You’ll end up having to walk a distance under the screeching hot weather and arrive at your destination looking all greasy, sweaty and wet.

That is so not a good look if you’re going for a job interview or a big meeting. 

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Source: celebritieshollyywood-hollywoodmovie.blogspot.my

2)      “Alamak! Where did I park ah?”

If your workplace is situated in a huge building or a mall, we’re sure that you’re no stranger to this line. Also, the fact that all carparks have the same look is just not helping. One solution for this is to snap a photo of your parking spot, but just, touch your heart and ask yourself, do you always remember to snap a photo of your parking spot each time you park your car?

 Source: www.freewayinsurance.com/blog/auto-insurance/where-did-you-park-your-car-the-way-your-brain-remembers/

Source: www.freewayinsurance.com/blog/auto-insurance/where-did-you-park-your-car-the-way-your-brain-remembers/

3)      Horrible parkers. Horrible parkers anywhere.

A bad parker will usually end up either struggling to complete a reverse parking, end up scratching someone’s car by accident or taking two spots at the same time. This will cause other drivers to have to wait for a long time just so one driver to get in their parking spot or ruin someone’s day when they spot a scratch on their car. So, to all horrible parkers out there, take the initiative to improve your parking skills or find yourself a spot to park that will not cause trouble to other drivers.

 Source: www.carcrushing.com/15-ways-exact-revenge-bad-parkers/

Source: www.carcrushing.com/15-ways-exact-revenge-bad-parkers/

4)      “Please exit within 15 minutes after payment.”

Each time a person reads that line after paying their parking ticket, it’s like they have to mentally prepare themselves to rush to their car and drive their way out. Not only that this is mentally challenging, it is also not safe for drivers who park quite a distance from the exit because clearly running around tight corners and with cars moving isn’t the safest thing to do. Why must the time limit be so short, we’re clearly not in the Temple Run world!

 Source: ww1.sisicamping.info/temple-run-wallpaper/

Source: ww1.sisicamping.info/temple-run-wallpaper/

We’re sure that just by reading this situations, you are already cringing at how familiar this is to you! You know what can help ease this issue? ParkIt Malaysia! Imagine having a designated parking space for you whenever you come to work. It’s sheltered indoor, same reserved spot all the time, so you’ll never forget and you can come and leave anytime you want. … sounds great, doesn’t it?

Now you can start your workday looking your best with a big smile on your face!

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Safety and Security at Car Parking Lots: In only 3 Simple Ways

Driving is one of the preferred form of transportation by us Malaysians to take us places from one point to another. We arrive at a location only focusing on heading to a destination. However, getting caught up in travelling, we often neglect this issue when it comes to parking our car, our safety. According to online Malaysian Newspaper called New Straits Times, snatch theft cases have increased in the federal capital with 368 cases reported in 2017. Hearing stories and reading the newspaper on related cases, like Canny Ong back in 2003 serves as a lesson, that this should not be taken lightly. She was abducted from the Bangsar Shopping Complex carpark, a popular upscale shopping mall with hundreds of people yet she was unfortunately taken from her loved ones in a terrible way. For those of us who are lucky, we should also start taking precaution to safeguard ourselves by choosing the right parking space.

We at ParkIt have a few tips to help you identify if a parking area is safe or not.

1.       Security Guard Post

The first thing to look for in a safe space, is a security guard post. Security guards will not allow entrance for anyone without an access card. Visitors will need to drop by and provide their IC number and other relevant information for record and safety purposes. They even take extra measures to note down the visitors’ car number and provide a visitor pass to be placed on the vehicle dashboard before letting them in. 

The numerous CCTVs installed in the parking areas and rounds made by the guards deters suspicious behaviour. If such cases occur, the guards will have records and visual evidence. Based on the evidence collected, appropriate action will be taken by the authorities to ensure the safety and justice for users of the parking spaces.  All parking spaces from ParkIt are indoors, mostly in condominiums for safety purposes. We provide parking spaces in condominiums, as the management ensures that the security guards hired are active and vigilant when doing their job.

  Source: The Malay Mail Online (2013), In Arming Illegal Guards for Cheaper Security.

Source: The Malay Mail Online (2013), In Arming Illegal Guards for Cheaper Security.

 

2.       Risk of Being Exposed to Criminals/Crime

On the contrary, outdoor parking would have fewer to no security guards available. Even when there are guards, it can never be as safe as an indoor parking space. Outdoor parking areas are usually not patrolled, due to the limited number of guards on duty and the harsh weather condition the guards face. Indirectly, we are putting ourselves out there for potential snatch thefts and robbers since we are constantly exposed out in the open. The dangers are heightened even more at night after work since most of the outdoor parking spaces aren’t lit, leaving us vulnerable to premeditated attacks.

As ParkIt is a company providing parking service to working professionals, it is our duty to ensure that our drivers feel safe whenever they park in our designated parking spaces. We ensure that parking spaces are indoors, properly lit and are no more than 1 to 10-minute walking distance to your destination.

  Source: The Star Online (2014), Where To Park in Chinatown.

Source: The Star Online (2014), Where To Park in Chinatown.

3.       Protection from Harsh Weather Conditions

Parking our car in open space with trees and on gravel isn’t best idea since dried leaves, twigs and bird droppings not only dirty our precious possession, but also ruin them through corrosion and scratches. Being sheltered is also important when it comes to parking spaces, since we wouldn’t want to be caught in the rain while walking to our car right? The weather can be very unpredictable when it comes to Malaysian climate. It can either be a heavy downpour in a second and scorching hot the next.

As opposed to indoor parking, the thought of getting into our car in the rain after a long day could be a mood spoiler. The ideal situation when we get out from the office, is to have a pleasant walk without getting wet in the rain. Being able to take our time to head to the carpark is may seem like a trivial matter, but it gives some of us a little relaxation and relief. Having an indoor carpark helps us to stay comfortable and dry till we get home. Just the same as being in our car.

  Quickmeme.com (n.d.), That's a nice car you have there.

Quickmeme.com (n.d.), That's a nice car you have there.

Parkit not only ensures your safety and security by providing sheltered bays, our parking locations are also minutes away from most office buildings. Since you’ve paid for it, you get to use it whenever you like. Head to your favourite café or shopping mall during the weekends without the hassle of finding a spot in a public area. There are no limits on the number of hours you choose to park your car and you can leave it during the weekends in case you are going for a vacation. With ParkIt, you do not need to worry about searching high and low for a parking space as the spaces are reserved specifically for you, which saves you valuable time and leaves you hassle free!

For more information, log on to www.parkitmy.com

Sources:

https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2017/05/238081/stay-alert-snatch-theft-rise-kl-say-police

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/entertainment/tv/news/2011/12/14/tragedy-and-truth/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/09/24/canny-ong-killer-finally-executed-ahmad-najib-hanged-at-kajang-prison/

 

 

Reality Check-Parking Edition

 https://towsonsam.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/5-things-you-think-when-driving-in-towson/

https://towsonsam.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/5-things-you-think-when-driving-in-towson/

Made a little bit better with ParkIt Malaysia.

Who wouldn’t want to have a baller work address like KLCC, Intermark, Bangsar and Damansara Heights?  The unfortunate truth is that these places are expensive, over crowded, and wait, what’s that I hear? No parking lah!. Since dealing with these almost seem like a never-ending issue, a very minor issue like your daily parking struggles can often be the tipping point that makes or break your day.

 

  Source: laverne.edu/perspectives/2015/03/31/finding-a-place-to-live/

Source: laverne.edu/perspectives/2015/03/31/finding-a-place-to-live/

To make matters worse, the urban office buildings in the city areas tend to overcharge you just for a parking spot! At certain places, these prices can be ridiculously high and paying for it on-the-daily can cause a hole in your wallet. The overcrowding doesn’t help one bit, especially at popular, high traffic locations where we end up going in circles and circles and circles. Why not make your mind a little less clustered by allowing ParkIt Malaysia to resolve this first-world problem of yours?

Here at ParkIt Malaysia, we aspire to make a small change in your life and make it just a little bit better. Imagine a day of you waking up (just way too) early, enjoying that hot cuppa joe, driving through the (horrible) morning traffic and arriving at your work place knowing you already have an empty space waiting for you? Nothing sounds better than a happy ending to a gruesome journey.

We not only connect you to unused parking space, we help you save some pennies too! Our parking spaces listed are always more affordable than commercial options around; a parking at every price! Oh, and if you happen to have a spare parking lying around and would like to help make another’s life easier, list your parking space with us and you’ll be able to make some side income. Do good, get paid, sounds amazing, kan?

  Source: kool965.com/i-hate-it-when-people-take-up-two-parking-spaces/

Source: kool965.com/i-hate-it-when-people-take-up-two-parking-spaces/

Lease a spot or find a spot today to get the biggest daily Malaysian problem out of the way! With the most legitimate parking space service you can ever find, you’re now a step closer to making your Monday a little less blue, and your workdays a little less hectic. Instead of spending an average of 153 hours looking for a parking spot in a year (Fun, Pui “People in KL Waste 25 Minutes Daily Just To Look For Parking Spots, Study Shows.” World Of Buzz 3 December, 2017) you can trust ParkIt Malaysia to help hook you drivers up… so you can park it easier!

How Shared Economy Can Benefit Car Park Owners and Tenants

Today, prices of goods and services are constantly on the rise. With increased cost of living people try to minimize their expenditure in hopes of saving as much as they can. Living in an economy that fluctuates, everyone is uncertain yet hopeful that it becomes stable in the future. One thing that not many have not known is, that everyone is still able to benefit from one another which creates a win-win situation. Yes! There is such a thing and it is called Shared Economy. Shared Economy, allows you to “share” your belongings or property that you rarely use to someone in need. A simple example of a shared economy is rentals of properties, be it homes, cars, belongings – you name it. For a reasonable fee, the tenant gets access to assets he or she otherwise wouldn’t have, in return the owners gain an extra stream of income.

 Source: Kai Plews, Shared Economy Poster, Portfolio, n.d.

Source: Kai Plews, Shared Economy Poster, Portfolio, n.d.

One of the biggest problems us Malaysians face daily is the lack of parking spaces. Malaysians face the never-ending battles of waking up extra early every day, only to reach a fully occupied car park area. Our next options? Double parking behind someone else or illegally parking either by the roadside or in reserved area, only to find our cars either scratched, clamped, fined, towed or all the above.

 Source: The Star Online, Motorists See Red Over Council’s Tough Action on Unpaid Traffic Summonses, 2015

Source: The Star Online, Motorists See Red Over Council’s Tough Action on Unpaid Traffic Summonses, 2015

A study from our local news portal The Star conducted in 2014 tells us that car ownership in Malaysia is at a staggering 93%, more than 54% of them own multiple cars. Since most Malaysian households possess at least one or more cars, there are now more cars than there are public parking spaces available. However, it’s a stark comparison when we look at residential parking spaces in Malaysia, with occupancy levels of residential parking spaces going as low as 30%. This is the gap that ParkIt hopes to bridge; by giving drivers another option for parking and giving owners of parking spaces an opportunity.

 Source: The Star Online, New G&G Guidelines for Shah Alam, 2017

Source: The Star Online, New G&G Guidelines for Shah Alam, 2017

As a driver, parking with ParkIt means You would never need to compromise on safety since parking lots we provide are in residential areas with 24/7 security such as patrol guards, boom gates and card access only. ParkIt also ensures that the parking space is reserved only for you. To date, more than 300 parking owners from all over Klang Valley have listed their parking space on ParkIt, making your choice of parking abundant and as close to your work place as possible.  ParkIt ensures that our prices are affordable for drivers and as competitive as possible, typically even 30% cheaper compared to commercial rates.

Owners of unused parking lots also get great benefits too! Renting your parking spaces provides an additional stream of income by monetizing your underutilized assets. ParkIt will provide end-to-end service in managing your parking space where we source for a tenant, negotiate, rent, collect and ensure monthly payments are on time, every time. Did you know, your carpark can also increase the overall value of your property. You read that right! As the saying goes, “location, location, location” also applies to parking spaces, read up here!

Link: http://www.focusmalaysia.my/Assets/the-lucrative-car-park-business

With the help of Uber, Grab and AirBnb, the shared economy concept is slowly becoming a part of everyday Malaysian life. ParkIt aims to introduce, educate and provide Malaysians with another form of shared economy to reap the benefits of sharing and relieve the daily pains of every Malaysian driver out there. Parking shouldn’t be as painful of a problem as it is today; we’re here to solve that, one parking space at a time.

For more information, log on to www.parkitmy.com.

Sources:

https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2014/04/16/car-ownership-in-msia-third-highest-in-the-world/

 

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/malaysia-population/