KUCHING: Motorists in the state capital owe the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) about RM8mil in unpaid parking compounds.
DBKU’s records show that 1.2 million compound notices remained unpaid as of last month, mostly for parking over the time limit and parking without displaying a coupon.
A few offenders even have outstanding parking compounds of up to RM15,000.
In a statement, DBKU urged motorists to pay their outstanding parking compounds or face court action.
“We are taking this matter seriously and prosecution against parking offenders is taken continuously,” DBKU said.
To date 14,189 cases have been filed in court against vehicle owners for various parking offences. Under Article 30 of the Road Transport Order (Provision of Parking Places) (City of Kuching North) Order 2005, those found guilty can be fined up to RM300, apart from paying all outstanding fees and charges to DBKU.
Kuching North mayor Datuk Abang Wahap Abang Julai said the action aimed to be a deterrent and to encourage the public to be responsible by parking their vehicles in the designated parking spaces and pay the parking fees.
DBKU also acknowledged that some motorists threw away the notices issued to them, but said this would not prevent them from facing court action as records were still available.
It reminded motorists to display parking coupons accordingly when they park from 8am to 5pm on weekdays, except public holidays.
Overparking fees need to be paid within three working days of the issuance of the notices, otherwise the offence will be compounded with an additional sum of RM10.