Turning up the heat on parking bay hoggers

BUSINESSES that hog public parking spaces in commercial areas will soon be dealt with harshly by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

“We will not hesitate to remove or confiscate items found placed on public parking spaces and repeat offenders will risk having their business licences revoked,” Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said at the council’s monthly full board meeting.

Mohd Azizi explained that business owners who wanted to reserve public parking spaces for their own use would have to apply for approval with MBPJ and the lots would be painted red if approved.

Also, those responsible for breaking the law will not be warned or notified before their items are confiscated by enforcement officers.

“I want to remind everyone that all public parking spaces belong to MBPJ and no one is allowed to place anything on it to prevent members of the public from parking,” he said.

He said this in response to MBPJ councillor Derek Fernandez who raised the issue of more and more parking spaces being hogged by businesses.

“Almost everywhere in commercial areas, you can see people putting boxes, chairs, cones or others things just to reserve the parking spot and this should be stopped,” Fernandez said.

He also urged for enforcement officers to be more active during their rounds and not to hesitate from confronting and issuing summonses to business owners who are responsible for hogging parking spaces.

Meanwhile, Fernandez also urged MBPJ to form a committee which will be tasked to prepare for the upcoming dialogue session with the Election Commission in two weeks.

This is in regard to the redelineation issue, which MBPJ does not agree to as it will affect many aspects of the council.

“We need to be ready with proper documents to support our objections, which include getting a lawyer to help guide us through the process,” he said.

Among departments which will be involved are the engineering team, the city planning unit and the solid waste management department.

They will have to compile documents which will show how the redelineation will cause social impacts along with other additional costs to the council.

On a separate note, MBPJ councillor Ermeemarianna Saadon has requested for some of MBPJ’s budget be channeled towards building nursing rooms at all council premises.

This includes community halls, MBPJ offices, sports complexes and other council-related facilities.

“I want these rooms to also be fully equipped with the necessary equipment to ensure breastfeeding mothers are comfortable while using it,” she said.

Mohd Azizi agreed, saying he would look into how much was needed and if the budget permitted.

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