Tie-up to end blight of abandoned cars in JB

(From left) Razimi, Adib and Azmil (right) during the MoU signing ceremony at Menara MBJB. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: Authorities are taking measures to deal with abandoned vehicles scattered around the city, which are not only an eyesore but pose a health hazard as well.

The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the police and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to work together in addressing the increasing number of abandoned vehicles here.

The strategic collaboration with the police involved the sharing of information via a system dubbed the Vehicle Impound System (myVIS) developed by MBJB, where the details of vehicles being towed by the council for violating the local authority’s regulations could be easily accessed by the police.

The city council also launched a campaign dubbed “Jom Serah Kereta Terbiar & Lanjut Usia” (Let’s give away old and unused cars) which is a collaboration with JPJ that aims to ease the process of the disposal of unused cars.

Johor Baru mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said this collaboration would not only solve the issue of abandoned vehicles but also help to wipe out the breeding places of mosquitoes.

“Apart from being an eyesore, these abandoned vehicles have become a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes.

“We were also informed that some of the vehicles were used by smugglers to carry out illegal activities, including the distribution of drugs and untaxed items,” he said at a press conference after signing the MoU at the council’s headquarters here.

Adib said that the council currently had two depots in Mount Austin where the vehicles were stored, which could accommodate a maximum of 4,000 cars.

“There are about 2,483 cars in the two depots currently that have yet to be claimed by their owners.

“If we keep the unused vehicles too long, not only will we not have enough space to tow other abandoned vehicles from the street, it will also be a breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” he said.

He expressed hope that the collaborations would solve the problem of abandoned vehicles in the city as soon as possible.

Also present were Johor JPJ deputy director Azmil Zainal Adnan and Johor police Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department head SAC Razimi Ahmad.

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