Illegal parking near LRT stations a bane to Subang Jaya residents

Commuters have resorted to parking along the road shoulder in the SS18 residential area, which is nearby an LRT station.

SUBANG JAYA residents’ fear that outsiders parking in their housing area with the opening of new Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations there are not unfounded.

Complaints of indiscriminate parking, in several neighbourhoods, have increased after the new LRT line extension project began operations last month

Of the seven stations in Subang Jaya, only three were built with park-and-ride facilities, namely the Subang Jaya, USJ7 and USJ21 stations.

However, only the USJ21 station parking facilities, which has 564 bays, is ready. There should be 1,384 parking bays at the Subang Jaya station, 1,476 parking bays at USJ7 once it is completed.

A spokesman from Sime Darby Property, the master developer, said there were no firm updates on the project, while Prasarana Malaysia Bhd group communication and strategic marketing head Lim Jin Aun said the parking facilities were still a “work in progress”.

At the other stations, namely SS15, SS18, USJ7 and Taipan, there has been a marked increase in the number of vehicles parked indiscriminately on road shoulders, along the walkway to the train stations and under trees in housing areas.

Cars are also parked along main roads while some commuters are misusing parking spots in front of the stations, reserved for Rapid KL employees.

A representative from Rapid KL said auxiliary police had been instructed to clamp vehicles parked at bays meant for their personnel.

Concerned about security issues, some residents plan to implement the gated-and-guarded scheme to prevent commuters from entering their housing areas.

USJ 6 Rukun Tetangga (RT) deputy chairman Lee Yap Juan said many have started parking along Jalan USJ 6/6, close to the Taipan station.

A complete disregard for safety is evident as vehicles are seen parked along a main road in SS14/1, Subang Jaya.

“They are obstructing traffic. We have lodged complaints and the council has been giving out summonses.”

Lee added that the RT was working together with the USJ6 Residents Association to collect signatures in support of a gated and guarded scheme.

A total of 77% of the 2,142 households were in agreement and they were in the process of finalising the application.

SS18 residents have long voiced their dissatisfaction at having outsiders parking in their neighbourhood.

As it is, with seven entry and four exit points, many outsiders already used roads in SS18 to avoid traffic congestion elsewhere.

Residentes said petty crime, house break-ins and carjacking had become rampant.

SS18 resident Tony Yew said they were also in the midst of applying to implement the gated and guarded scheme, and 75% out of 980 houses had supported the move.

Caesar Koh, who is part of the SS18 RT, and lived just a few meters away from the LRT station, said more cars were parking along Jalan SS18/6 and the SS18 basketball court.

“We have prepared car stickers to differentiate between residents and outsiders’ vehicles and are determining the best way to hand them out,” he said.

The situation in SS17 is still under control as according to resident Theresa Thong, the LRT was gaining popularity.

“There have been isolated cases of indiscriminate parking as there are not many commuters,” she said.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council said a multi-storey carpark in SS15 near the market would be constructed by May next year.

The four-storey carpark will have 647 parking bays, 604 indoors and 43 outdoors, with seven spots for the disabled.

An MPSJ spokesman said its enforcement team conducted frequent patrols to ensure smooth traffic in Subang Jaya.

The council had bought two tow trucks in addition to the existing three, to manage traffic flow and prevent indiscriminate parking.

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