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Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 7:05:26 AM
by sheila sri priya
ABOUT 20 of the 50 wrecked cars in Jalan Lampan 8/3, Section 8 have gone “missing” after StarMetro highlighted the issue on Friday.
The illegal tow truck operators who were conducting their business under a tent have also disappeared.
However, many cars were still at the site as at press time yesterday.
Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Enforcement Department director Mohd Fauzi Maarop said he has gone to the carpark to see the situation first hand and will ensure the cars are towed away.
“We will tow the cars to the council garage soon, unfortunately we could not do it today. I was notified by my officers that some of the owners have already removed their cars,” he said.
A source revealed that some of the vehicles were removed on Thursday night.
A resident, P. Menon, who came to pay her traffic summons at the PJ district police headquarters across the road, said the council should remove the cars from the area as soon as possible
“I came to pay my summons and could not find a parking space.
“There are a number of clinics here as well as eateries so the public carpark is needed,” said Menon.
During peak hours at the busy Section 8 commercial area, the carpark is fully occupied, leaving some motorists driving in circles.
A business operator in the area who did not want to be named, said the abandoned vehicles were towed away by the council about three years ago, following complaints.
Soon after, it was business as usual, with even more wrecks left to rot.
Most are accident cases and the area has been used to store the vehicles for 10 years.
Tow-truck operators leave the vehicles there before sending them to workshops for repairs. The source added the tow-truck operators work round-the-clock from a tent put up near the parking area.
In cases where the vehicles cannot be salvaged, they are left there for years.
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