Clear abandoned cars, owners told

Over 100 cars towed away from the streets now cramped inside Penang Island City Council's impound yard in Bagan Jermal waiting for owners to claim before the council dispose them ( Nov 20, 2020 ). - LO TERN CHERN/The Star

ABANDONED cars parked along Jalan Gangsa, Jelutong, in Penang will soon be towed away by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) if the owners do not move the vehicles.

Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid said the council had issued seven notices to the owners of the vehicles abandoned along the road.

“I was made to understand that the council will be towing the cars away soon, once the council has disposed of the existing abandoned cars in its depot.

“This will be the first phase of action in handling the lack of parking here, as we are trying to make way for residents to park,” she said after a site visit with the MBPP enforcement officers yesterday.

A lack of parking space has always been an issue there as Jalan Gangsa is within a highly populated residential area.

“Many residents have complained of getting police summonses for their cars, which to them is unfair as they have nowhere else to park.

“But then, I also understand that when the police receive complaints, some form of action needs to be taken,” she said.

Syerleena said a dialogue session was held earlier this month between the residents and the traffic police.

“The police clarified that the residents could write in to appeal regarding the police summonses.

“But in this case, we need a long-term solution. As such, we are working with the council to clear out all the abandoned cars here.

“For the next phase, we will paint car parking lines along the road.

“As long as there are lines, the police will no longer issue summonses but of course, this is still subject to the council’s approval as the internal committee has yet to decide on this.

“We are waiting for a decision and I understand there will be a final meeting on this.”

Meanwhile, Syerleena said they needed help in clearing abandoned cars within the area.

She urged residents to help inform her office or their village community management council (MPKK) of any abandoned vehicles in their area.

“I hope vehicle owners can contact the right companies to dispose of their old cars or contact the council on how to approach this rather than leave their vehicles by the roadside, taking up parking spaces.

“It baffles me how one can just abandon unwanted vehicles. I hope they can be considerate as this affects everyone in the long run,” she added.

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