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Wednesday April 20, 2011

Summonses issued for vehicles obstructing traffic

KUALA LUMPUR City Hall enforcement officers carried out a joint operation with other authorities to issue summonses to bus and taxi drivers who parked their vehicles along yellow lines, causing traffic obstruction yesterday.

The operation, called Operasi Halangan, was carried out with the cooperation of the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the Land Public Transport Commission and the Department of Environment (DoE).

About 160 compounds were issued for various offences committed by drivers in Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Jalan Sultan Mohammed, Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin and Jalan Sultan.

DBKL traffic enforcement chief inspector Shaiful Anuar Shahrom said the operation was carried out twice a month.

“We have received many complaints that buses and taxis parked illegally along yellow lines were causing traffic congestion,” he said.

Many drivers waiting by the roadside were caught by surprise by the enforcement team.

DBKL issued 129 summonses for traffic obstruction, JPJ issued 27 for licensing and road tax-related offences while the DoE issued four for excessive smoke emission.

Twelve cars were also towed away for illegal parking and Shaiful said the owners would have to provide proof of ownership to claim their cars.

“They have to pay RM150 for the compound, RM50 for towing charges and RM5 for parking charges if they leave their vehicles overnight,” he said.

Federal Territory JPJ operations head Mohd Zamri Zainal Abidin said one foreigner was nabbed for driving a taxi.

“His taxi was also taken away because the road tax had expired.

“We will also issue a compound to the taxi owner for employing a foreigner,” he said.

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