THE lack of a parking area and congestion caused by illegally parked cars on roads near the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) building in Ipoh, Perak, has been a long-standing problem affecting both visitors and residents of Taman Ipoh.
Cars could be found parked haphazardly along Jalan Tambun, Lebuh Taman Ipoh and even along roads within the residential area.
And to compound the problem, visitors to LDHN have to compete for the limited parking spaces with those going to Pantai Hospital Ipoh located beside the LHDN building.
Chan May June, 27, who has been living in Taman Ipoh since 2000, said the vehicles were not only parked illegally but also haphazardly by the roadside.
“They take up valuable space on the two-lane streets.
“Car owners also park right outside our houses to go to LHDN or the hospital and sometimes even to the banks and shops in the commercial area, ” she said.
“If a vehicle comes up against another from the opposite direction, one of them has to reverse all the way back to the junction because the two-way road has been made so narrow that only one car can go through at any one time.
“It gets complicated when there are other motorists waiting right behind them, which makes it impossible to reverse thus all become stuck, ” she added.
Another resident, who wished to be known only as Lim, 45, said he had to place a no-parking sticker on his house gate.
“I understand that it is hard for visitors to the hospital or LHDN to get parking in those premises.
“But they should not park in front of my house, ” he said.
“I tried placing flower pots near my gate but those were accidentally knocked down when people tried to park.
“I hope the authorities will do something about this, ” he added.
One visitor to LHDN, Zuraida Zainal Abidin, 52, said she was worried about parking illegally.
“It takes a long time to find a parking spot and even then, it is an illegal parking space but what choice do I have?
“It is strange that the authorities did not consider the parking needs for public buildings like LHDN and a hospital, which are visited by the masses, ” she said.
“Visitors like me have no choice but to park near the residential houses, which I am sure bothers the residents.
“The relevant authorities should build a multi-level carpark to accommodate the high number of visitors who come here for tax and medical matters, ” she added.
Fauzi Norizman Sak Arani, 27, who visits the hospital every week, said many road users complained about the problem but no action had been taken.
“The parking bays provided near the hospital are just not enough.
“Those parking haphazardly in the area can contribute to accidents as drivers’ view might be obstructed by parked vehicles, ” he said.
“Perhaps both the LHDN and the hospital can jointly create a parking site slightly further away from the housing area and provide shuttle buses to ferry customers to their premises, ” he added.
When contacted, Canning assemblyman Jenny Choy said the issue was raised during a town hall session with Ipoh City Council (MBI) in October.
“Some residents have expressed concern and the city council is aware of it.
“The city council is planning to increase the number of parking bays in the area, ” she said.
“I was told that Ipoh mayor Datuk Ahmad Suadi Abdul Rahim will conduct a site visit.
“We will try our best to solve this problem.”
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