FROM next month, car drivers who park on the pavements on the island may be slapped with up to a RM500 fine, compared to the present RM30 penalty.
That is the maximum fine allowed under Section 46 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974. The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is planning to use it on errant motorists.
Council Enforcement and Public Education Committee alternate chairman Dr Tan Kim Hooi said the new fine would be decided soon.
“The current fine is not deterrent enough,” he said.
At present, the RM30 ticket, he said, would be the same for cars parked illegally on the road and for motorcycles parked on the pavements.
“Those who leave their cars on the pavements should be fined higher,” he said.
For the remainder of this month, Dr Tan said offenders would only receive a notice of offence during the educational period.
Dr Tan, however, warned that cars that park on the pavements and fully obstruct pedestrians would still be towed to the council’s enforcement office in Jalan Timah.
The search for parking lots can be a major challenge for motorists on the island, especially in George Town.
As of last June, there are about 1.3 million cars and 74,000 goods vehicles registered in Penang.
However, there are only 5,721 council parking lots.
Dr Tan was speaking to reporters after inspecting the trishaws that were reported to have occupied a strip of motorcycle parking lots while waiting for customers in Penang Road.
“We have added another 239 motorcycle parking lots this year and we will plan on more,” he said.
He added that businesses with a high volume of customers on motorcycles could request MBPP to add motorcycle parking lots near their premises by emailing email@example.com.