WHILE the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) may be doing itsbest to reduce the number of abandoned vehicles on the streets, some feel more can be done to deal with the problem.
“The current procedure is just too long and is not under any legislation; it is just MBPJ’s own standard operating procedures (SOP).
“We cannot be waiting for two weeks to search for the owner before removing an abandoned car,” said MBPJ councillor Sean Oon, adding that the council should change its procedure in removing abandoned vehicles and speed up the process.
Oon also suggested that abandoned vehicles be sold as scrap metal on-the-spot and the buyers would have to remove the car themselves.
Due to shortage of manpower and storage space in the abandoned car depot, Oon said that the proposal would help solve logistics and costs for the depot’s rental.
“We will give the owner two weeks to remove the car before it is sold as scrap.
“The two weeks will start once the notice is sent to the vehicle owner,” he said.
Meanwhile, fellow councillor Daniel Lee said regulations should be tightened especially on those who deliberately abandon their vehicles.
“There are cases where owners leave their cars near their houses and just do not want to get rid of them so I think harsher penalties should be imposed on these individuals,” he said.
Lee added that locating the vehicle owners takes time because officers need to check with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) as well as the police before any action can be taken.
“We need to deal with lots of red tape because the vehicle could also be evidence for an ongoing police case, and if so, we cannot just simply get rid of it,” he said.
Petaling Jaya Utara MCA chief Tan Gim Tuan said MBPJ should seek JPJ’s assistance if they are shorthanded in handling the abandoned vehicle problem.
“The council could also get JPJ to blacklist owners of abandoned vehicles to deter people from doing it again next time.
“When they are barred from renewing their road tax, vehicle owners will think twice about abandoning their vehicles and be more responsible,” added Tan.