AS part of its support for green initiatives, Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) enforcement team now has a cycling unit which will patrol three townships in the municipality.
The enforcement officers on bicycles will patrol Taipan MPSJ HQ (two officers), USJ 10 (five officers) and Bandar Puteri, Puchong (five officers). The cycling unit was launched by MPSJ president Noraini Roslan at Jalan USJ 10/1A, Subang Jaya.
Also present at the event were IPD Subang Jaya crime prevention and community safety department head DSP Tan Nam Seng and MPSJ enforcement director Ismail Salim.
Noraini said using bicycles for patrolling work in the municipality was allowed under the Road Transport Order (MPSJ Parking Provision) 2007.
“A lorry will transport these bicycles for MPSJ enforcement officers to use for patrolling from 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday, ” said Noraini.
Enforcement department deputy director Ahmad Hasan said MPSJ received feedback from ratepayers that enforcement officers who patrol using bicycles were more effective than those who patrol on foot.
“The enforcement officers will easily detect motorists who fail to pay parking fees or use expired tickets.
“In terms of maintenance, there is a big difference between motorcycles and bicycles.
“It is cheaper to use bicycles, ” he said.
MPSJ spent RM35,820 for 12 bicycles which costs RM2,985 each.
Each bicycle is equipped with a helmet, a pair of gloves, copper bell, front LED light, top tube bag, rear red light, side bag carrier, bottle carrier and alloy rims.
One of MPSJ’s objectives is to encourage a more eco-friendly service between enforcement officers and the public via the “Cycle, Stop and Talk” concept.
This will increase the officers’ productivity by having a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
The move is also part of MPSJ’s initiative to introduce Subang Jaya as a low-carbon township in line with the council’s goal to be a green city by 2030.
Ahmad said the council’s motorcycle patrolling unit was reduced to 44 from 66 because of damage to the bikes and the high cost of maintenance. The 44 motorcycles are being used to patrol Subang Jaya town, areas in Serdang and Bandar Puteri in Puchong.
MPSJ is also looking at the possibility of buying electric bicycles to replace the current stock of bicycles.