Plans to privatize public car parks are moving ahead. Earlier this year, Transport Malta started discussing a change in policy with car park attendants regarding parking facilities all over the island. On Tuesday 11 September at 9.00pm, Mr. Kenneth Demartino of the KDM group, met in a hotel with around 55 parking attendants to take these plans one step further.
Transport Malta was considering issuing tenders for all areas in Malta that are used as open air public parking. Currently, there is technically no charge for parking, but all motorists are expected to give a ‘tip’ to the attendant. There is no specific amount and although there are no established parking fees in these areas, they vary from town to town. Maltastar.com has learnt that tenders will probably be issued sometime in October.
The plans included regularization of facilities through the installation of electronic signs displaying the number of parking spaces available, barriers, lighting, CCTV and ticketing machines. Current parking attendants were to be given the right of first refusal on any tenders for parking facilities in the area in which they currently operate.
Currently, there are several hundreds of families living off car park ‘tips’. Most of the car park attendants are happy with present arrangements and it seems, so are motorists. This reform will, in fact, set up parking fees, possibly based on commercial rates. All such rates are far higher than the average ‘tip’ that motorists give to car park attendants.