City Center delays paid parking system By Peter Townson
A City Center official yesterday confirmed that parking charges for the shopping centre have been delayed due to further testing, and said the new date for the introduction of the fees would be announced in the coming days.
City Center director, Amer Sandawi, who previously told Gulf Times that the new parking system would begin charging customers yesterday, explained that due to the continued testing process, the introduction date has once again been delayed
Parking fees will see customers charged QR2 for the first hour of their stay, followed by QR3 for the next two hours. Additional hours will be charged at QR10, although Sandawi explained earlier in the week that a number of tenants will validate their customers’ tickets, and certain exceptions, such as cinema-goers, will get reduced fees.
The move to introduced paid parking has been met with a mixed reaction from customers. However, Sandawi explained that the initiative has been introduced to solve problems associated with parking at City Center, which have been a serious issue for a number of years.
At the moment the system is in use, but when customers present their tickets at the exit booths, they are being ushered through free of charge.
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