SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has warned car owners not to threaten parking wardens who want to issue them with parking tickets or compounds.
Chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said before the full council meeting yesterday that the council had received reports from its parking wardens after they had been threatened for trying to discharge their duty.
“There are reports that some car owners especially shop owners and customers, who sit at five-foot ways in front of coffee shops who would threaten parking wardens against issuing parking tickets or compounds for cars parked right in front of them,” he said.
The council, he said, had instructed all parking wardens to record such instances and make police reports against anyone who threatened them, even just verbally.
He warned that the council had the assurance from the district police chief to take action against the said culprits for obstructing public officers.
He said there were some people who did not want to pay fees by parking their cars outside parking lots.
A clear example is at Suria Permata Commercial Centre. Tiong said the council would work with the traffic police to start compounding those cars next week.
The compound would be issued under Section 3 (4) of the Road Transport (Provision of Parking Places) (Sibu Municipal Council) Order, 2004.
He also said that the council would impose parking fees at the new commercial centre at Jalan Merdeka, behind Jalan Oya Polyclinic with effect from Monday.
The area has 72 parking bays. Motorists are advised to display their parking coupons.