Discussions are still ongoing between both parties but Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain has confirmed that Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will take back the management of the parking system.
He said the council had engaged a lawyer and they were going through the paperwork. He disclosed that a letter of demand seeking payment of arrears was sent early this year and Godell had offered to pay half the amount, which MBPJ said was unacceptable.
It was previously reported that there were over 700 parking machines in the city to cater to about 21,000 public parking bays, but today, more than half of them are faulty. For every bay, the parking concessionaire is supposed to pay a monthly rental of RM37.45 to the local council.
When contacted, Godell declined to comment on the issue.
In the meantime, MBPJ is working on implementing a new parking system to replace the current coin machines once the existing contract is terminated. MBPJ plans to implement the parking coupon system first as this method can be rolled out easily.
Mohd Azizi said the coupon system was chosen because it was easy to implement on a short-term basis. They are also looking at allowing motorists to pay using mobile parking apps.
Other councils using a parking app in Selangor are Sepang Municipal Council, Kuala Langat District Council and Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.