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City Hall keeping tabs on illegally parked vehicles
Published on: Friday, February 02, 2024
By: Sidney Skinner
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City Hall keeping tabs on illegally parked vehicles
Seven motorists were compounded in January for parking haphazardly in this part of Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens.
CITY HALL officers are keeping an eye out for illegally parked vehicles, including those which may have been abandoned, in the Sinsuran area of the State Capital and in one part of Inanam.

A spokesman for the agency’s Enforcement Department said its personnel had periodically been inspecting Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Lorong Gomantong 2, Jalan Dua Puluh and Jalan Datuk Chong Thian Vun – all of which were in Sinsuran.

“Seven motorists were taken to task for leaving vehicles in unmarked spaces during four separate inspections last month,” he said, adding that the most recent inspection was carried out on Wednesday.

City Hall staff inspected this road in the Sinsuran area at different times of the day and night.

“Motorists can be deemed to have parked illegally, if there is no demarcation painted on either side of the road surface occupied by their vehicles,” he said.

“This is regardless of whether their automobiles obstruct the flow of traffic in the area.” 

Under the agency’s Provision of Parking Places By-laws (Coupon Parking) 2014, those who leave their vehicles in undesignated parking spaces could be liable to a compound of up to RM500, according to him.

He said repeat offenders and those who failed to settle their compounds could be taken to court.

If they are found guilty they risk being slapped with a RM20,000 fine, serving a 12 month jail term or both, according to the spokesman.

The spokesman said a total of 87 drivers were compounded for parking violations around Sinsuran in 2023.

“Four compounds were issued in December, three in October and 11 in September. 

This vehicle owner is being taken to task for occupying a space where there are no parking lines.

“Our officers went down to the area at various times of the day and night in a bid to deter incidents of illegal parking, particularly around a five-star hotel in the area.”

He said 23 drivers were penalised in August and another 17 the month before.

Sixteen compounds were served in the Sinsuran area in June and 13 between February and May, according to him.

City Hall is also checking on the status of some cars parked in an Inanam neighbourhood to determine if they have been abandoned along the housing roads here.

“If this proves to be the case, ‘notis peringatan mesra (friendly reminder notices)’ will be affixed to the vehicles, asking for the owners to shift their vehicles back into their property,” the spokesman said.

He said the drivers would be given a grace-period to remove their vehicles from the stretches in question.

“Should they fail to comply, then we will enlist the Road Transport Department’s assistance to obtain the particulars for the errant vehicle owners, before proceeding with further action.”

He declined to elaborate on the nature of this action.

An enforcement office leaves a compound under the windscreen wiper of this vehicle.

He said City Hall took a serious view to acts of vehicle-dumping as these automobiles were an eye-sore to the public.

“More importantly, however, these unwanted cars and lorries could become a potential breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes. 

“We are keen to prevent a dengue outbreak from occurring in the surrounding areas.”

RUDIE of Luyang of bemoaned the difficulty he experienced in turning left at the traffic light intersection, near the Le Meridien Hotel, when she left her workplace in Sinsuran for the day.

“Inconsiderate motorists always park in the lane closer to the hotel,” he said. 

On several occasions, he had horned at drivers who were sitting in their stationary vehicles near the traffic lights.

“Some just looked up but refused to move their vehicles, while others horned back or glared angrily at me.

“They seemed to think it was their right to do as they please even though their actions were inconveniencing other road-users.”

ROSLAN of Inanam voiced his concerns about the traffic hazards posed by the presence of cars parked on his housing road.

He claimed that those living there found it troublesome to drive out of and back into their residences because of the vehicles encroached on the stretch.

“These cars obstruct our view, making it difficult for us to gauge the movement of oncoming traffic,” he said.

“Some of them have been sitting on the housing road for months, which makes me wonder if they might have been abandoned.”

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