ENFORCEMENT against abandoned vehicles and various illegal structures is expected to be ramped up by Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) following a new confiscation store set up in south Seberang Prai, Penang.
The new 279sq m premises in Taman Keruing, Simpang Ampat, will support two existing stores which are already at their full capacity.
MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the existing stores are at Padang Lalang in central Seberang Prai and Permatang Tengah in north Seberang Prai.
“The confiscation stores are managed by the council’s Enforcement Directorate Department with 196 staff members, of which 168 of them are enforcement officers.
“They conduct enforcement and seizures under Section 46 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, which covers various offences including obstruction caused by abandoned vehicles, goods used for business and illegal structures, ” he said after opening the new confiscation store recently.
Rozali said that in 2019, a total of 1,598 cases were recorded by the department and 219 vehicles were towed away.
“Last year, we recorded 1,088 cases and 199 vehicles were seized.
“The abandoned vehicles are issued with notices and most owners will later remove them, but those who fail to do so after the notice expires will have their vehicles towed away to the council’s confiscation stores, ” he said.
However, as both existing stores are already full with almost 300 vehicles, Rozali said the enforcement team struggled to make further seizures unless it was really necessary.
Now with more space available, he said enforcement could resume but hoped that more people would abide by the law.
“The store was completed in December last year at a cost of RM1.35mil.
“It has an office, open store, surau, pump house, guard post, lots for vehicles and perimeter fencing.
“It is not our intention to initiate enforcement against the people as it does not add value to anything.
“It would cost the car owners to reclaim their property and pay compounds, while we have to incur extra expenses for the operation.
“I urge them to abide by the rules and we can save up the money for better purposes, such as improving services or providing education to those in need, ” he said.
Also present at the new confiscation centre was Bukit Tambun assemblyman Goh Choon Aik.
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