Impounded bicycles were obstructing a public walkway, says MBPJ

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has defended the impounding of two bicycles along Jalan SS2/3 in the wake of complaints that the action was against its aspirations to become a low-carbon city.

The bicycles, parked next to the guard railing of a pedestrian walkway, were seized on the morning of April 27.

"The enforcement was conducted under Section 46(1)(a) of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 (Act 133) on public obstruction offences while the impounding was done under Section 46(3)(a) for the same Act.

"The council seized two bicycles at the site.

"We also received three complaints from the public through our official council complaints system.

"One of the bicycles had been claimed by the owner on May 5 and the council fined the owner based on the rate that had been set by the council," said an MBPJ spokesman.

A news portal highlighted the matter and said it was not in line with Petaling Jaya’s aspiration to become a low-carbon green city with improved connectivity.

The article also quoted one of the owners as saying that he had no choice as motorcycles had taken up the bicycle parking spots.

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