Call to review decision to have TIA checker

THE Surveyors, Planners, Engineers, Architects and Developers Malaysia (SPEAD) organisation is hoping that the Penang Island City Council will review its decision to appoint an independent Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) checker effective Jan 1 this year.

Tan Hun Beng, who is Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) Penang branch chairman, said they objected strongly to the council’s decision made without any prior consultation.

“The council is not able to present a strong justification for the need to have an independent TIA checker.

“The independent checker’s scope and terms of reference were not made known to us, ” Tan said.

Tan said all professional engineers recognised by the Board of Engineers Malaysia were capable of performing the duties of an independent TIA checker.

“We are concerned that the appointment of a single independent checker will lead to issues with transparency and integrity.

“SPEAD is confident that the council’s Engineering Department is capable of assessing TIA reports.

“We hope the council will rescind the directive and engage with SPEAD to arrive at a ‘win-win’ solution for all, ” Tan said.

SPEAD is formed by Rehda, Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (Northern chapter), Malaysian Institute of Planners (Northern branch), The Institute of Engineers Malaysia (Penang branch) and the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (Northern branch).

It was earlier reported that the council had approved the appointment of an independent checker to vet TIA reports for new projects on the island.

Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang had said the independent checker would assess TIA reports before making recommendations on the report to the council, which would then make a final decision on the project.

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