JOHOR BARU: Parking touts, who are mushrooming in the city centre and asking for payment from motorists, can be arrested by the police for being a public nuisance, said Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd.
He said it was an offence to ask for payment even if it was just RM1 from motorists in exchange for their so-called services, where the only thing they did was to direct a vehicle into a parking spot.
“They can be arrested under Section 50 of the Road Transport Act 1987 and if found guilty, they can be fined up to RM2,000 or jailed for not more than three months,” he said.
He added that he would be having a press conference soon to state the actions that would be taken against the touts.
The Star had highlighted the issue of parking touts in the city centre several times.
There has been an increase in parking touts lately, especially along busy streets such as Jalan Trus and Jalan Dhoby, where there is heavy traffic because of the rows of eateries and shopping outlets.
These touts, mostly unemployed and who claim they are in between jobs, would sometimes ask for more than RM2 to help motorists “guard their vehicles”.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state government was finding ways to overcome the problem.
He said they were aware of the growing number of touts, also known as ‘ulat parking’, especially near the Johor Baru bazaar area, and the negative image they gave the city.
“We are looking at ways to address the issue, whether to work with the police or the local council to effectively solve the matter,” said Mohamed Khaled.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that a 38-year-old man was fined RM600 in a magistrate’s court for receiving RM1 in parking fee from a motorist in July last year.
He was charged under Section 50 (3) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for the offence.