MPJBT slaps RM12,000 fine on workshop

Committed: Johor Baru Central Municipal Council officers seizing the cars from a workshop near Taman Desa Jaya.

JOHOR BARU: A workshop was issued a hefty compound of RM12,000 and had six vehicles towed away by the Johor Baru Central Municipal Council (MPJBT) for failing to adhere to the ruling set by the local authorities.

The council secretary Abdul Malik Ismail said the workshop, located along Jalan Permatang in Taman Desa Jaya here, did not follow the regulations to ensure that the area remain clean.

He added that MPJBT had received high number of complaints from the public, in particular nearby residents, about the workshop that parked several used vehicles along the public road.

“Workshop owners should not put the cars were sent for repairs along public road as it will cause congestion and inconvenience for other road users.

“Furthermore, under their licence, these cars should be place inside the workshop premise,” he said when met after the operation on Jan 5.

Abdul Malik also said checks inside the six vehicles also found it to be breeding ground for mosquitoes.

He added that the area around the workshop have seen an increase in dengue cases and warned other workshops owners to keep their areas clean.

“We have given two notices, first in February while the other one in December last year, to the owner to remove the vehicles but he failed to do it which left the council with no choice but to take appropriate action.

“MPJBT towed away six vehicles and gave the owner a compound worth RM2,000 each,” he said adding that the vehicles were placed at the council’s storage area in Taman Pelangi Indah.

Abdul Malik also said that MPJBT was very committed and serious in ensuring all business owners within its jurisdiction to follow the council ruling especially on keeping the environment clean.

He urged the public to continue channelling information to the council to help take action against errant business owners.

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