THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is calling on owners of old and rickety vehicles to send them to the scrapyard instead of leaving them in public areas.
MBPP councillor Ahmad Azrizal Tahir said that currently, over 1, 000 old vehicles are left in public and commercial areas.
“The abandoned vehicles are turning into breeding grounds for mosquitoes and poisonous creatures, becoming a public health problem.
“Owners have a responsibility to get rid of their cars properly, ” he said when contacted.
Ahmad Azrizal said that so far this year, a total of 155 old and scrapped vehicles had been towed away.
“Currently, the council is keeping 981 old and abandoned vehicles towed off the roads.
“Of the 981 vehicles, 509 are cars, vans and lorries while 472 are motorcycles.
“Up to now, we have tendered only 75 abandoned vehicles with 145 more vehicles pending tender due to the lockdown.”
He said most of the vehicles were tendered to scrap companies as the council would carry out a tender process from time to time.
“Every year, we will carry out four tender processes on the vehicles the council has in its keeping.
“Each tender process will take roughly three months and cars free of criminal records will usually be cleared out first, ” he said.
Ahmad Azrizal urged owners of old and abandoned vehicles to discard the vehicles properly and not abandon them in public spaces.
“There are many scrap companies that can aid owners in disposing of their vehicles so we hope these vehicle owners will seek them out, ” he added.
A list of scrap companies can be obtained from the council’s official Facebook page.