Action over illegal ‘reserved’ parking bays

PETALING JAYA: Business operators who defy the law by "reserving" parking lots outside their premises illegally will now face the wrath of the local authority following numerous complaints from the public.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) corporate communication officer Muhammad Azli Miswan said the council will first issue a written warning and if they still continue, they will be slapped with a compound fine of RM80 each time caught doing so.

He said vehicle owners can also lodge complaints with the council if public parking bays are "reserved" with chairs and cones or parked in reserved bays.

Meanwhile, those who commit the offence in the Federal Territory will face a heavier penalty — one under the Road Transport Act 1987 where the compound is RM100 while the other fine of RM4,000 will be imposed under the General Order.

"We have 12 cars that go round the city areas to nab the culprits and to confiscate the blocking items," said a city hall spokesman, adding that those who wish to have their own parking bays for themselves or their clients can apply to their own respective local authority.

He also pointed out that although only 10% to 15% of the applications will be approved for city areas, the priority will go to clinics, handicap, car workshop/accessories, outlets for security reasons and businesses that require goods loading.

He pointed out that all approved reserved bays would then be installed with an approved design barrier stand with the DBKL logo on it to inform public that it is a reserved parking bay.

"However, if a reserved bay is intruded during the reserved period (refer to table) then the tenant can call CityCar Park and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers will be sent to the location at the earliest convenience to provide the necessary assistance," the spokesman said.