MORE enforcement and designated parking spaces are needed to resolve the issue of parking touts, says Perling assemblyman Cheo Yee How.
The presence of parking touts in Johor Baru city centre is nothing new and he has raised the matter at the state assembly a few times.
“The long-standing issue has no solution so far, mainly because there is no targeted law or act to deal with parking touts.
“At most, the local council can take action against them for tarnishing the city’s image or the traffic police can take action for traffic obstruction.
“Stricter enforcement against parking touts is needed as their activities affect the city’s image, ” he added.
While enforcement is much-needed, he said the responsibility also lied with the public, who contributed to such activities.
“Motorists should refrain from parking illegally to avoid allowing the touts to ask for handouts, ” he said.
Cheo said Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) planned in 2019 to expand the outdoor carpark at Dataran Tun Sri Lanang into a multistorey parking lot to address the lack of parking spaces in the city.
“I will ask the council about the progress of that project and suggest for more entry points for existing parking infrastructure, such as the parking lot beside Galleria@Kotaraya, ” he said.
MBJB City Zone councillor Suhaimi Ahmad said parking touts fell under the purview of its enforcement unit, which acts upon receiving public complaints.
“The council does not have any by-law to specifically deal with parking touts.
“If they are found to be a nuisance, the enforcement unit can nab the touts under the council’s Akta Kacau Ganggu, usually used to address other issues such as illegal parking and obstruction of traffic, ” he said.
Suhaimi added that the penalty or follow-up action against touts would then be decided in a council meeting, to see whether they should also be referred to the Social Welfare Department.
He added that the council’s enforcement unit has been actively towing cars parked at illegal spots as a way to curb touting.
“The motorist could face a fine of RM250 and an additional towing charge of RM130 before their vehicle could be released.
“The towed vehicle will be parked at MBJB’s designated bay and the motorist will have to pay RM15 for the first day and subsequently RM5 per day until they collect their vehicle, ” he said.
He urged the public to complain to MBJB through WhatsApp at 019-7788 212 or via https://mbjb.spab.gov.my