ENFORCEMENT personnel from the Penang Island City Council carted away tyres, plastic chairs, metal frames and other objects which were placed on parking bays by business operators in Bandar Baru Air Itam.
A team was despatched there following complaints from members of the public.
Councillor Ong Ah Teong said the seized items would be kept in the enforcement depot in Jalan Timah.
“Although the public can pay a fine to get the objects back, they normally don’t do that for objects placed on parking bays,” he said.
Ong, who is Licensing and Public Health Committee alternate chairman, said the council was empowered to issue a fine up to RM250 against those who place objects in parking bays.
A restaurant encroaches into public parking space on Lintang Angsana in Bandar Baru Air Itam.
“But there must be proof that a person or a business operator has placed the objects there,” he said.
He said the operators of tyre shops cannot block others from parking in front of their shops.
“They must seek approval from the council finance department to turn in into their own lot. There are procedures to be followed.
“I am not sure of the procedures since this comes under the Finance Committee,” he said.
Several residents of the township said parking was a big hassle along a row of banks and at several housing schemes there.
Clerk Tan Guan Chee, 47, said it was frustrating when the available bays were blocked by objects put up by restaurant owners or hardware shop operators.
He said the council should also seize objects placed on parking bays at high-rise or walk-up flats.
A heavy drum placed on a parking bay in Bandar Baru Air Itam.
“Some people book the bays next to their ground floor unit by placing pails, drums, broken chairs and other objects.
“Motorists will not park there as they are scared that their vehicles might be vandalised.
“This is unfair as everyone should have access to bays on the basis of first-come, first-served,” he said.
Retiree L. Morgan, 64, said vehicles were abandoned along the roads and within the compound of housing schemes.
“The situation is getting worse by the day,” he said.
Flower pots and clothes rack are also used to "reserve" parking bays.