KUALA LUMPUR City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers took action against a car workshop that was operating illegally in a public carpark in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, last week.
The enforcement measure came about following StarMetro’s report on Nov 24 titled “Car workshop hogging bays in Jalan Pasai 6”.
A spokesperson for the DBKL Enforcement Department said the crackdown was in response to numerous public complaints about the unauthorised operation.
During the raid, officers confiscated various items, including an abandoned vehicle, air pump, hose, air gun, jack and other automotive tools.
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They also issued eight notices for various obstructions under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
The workshop owner faces additional charges under Section 26(1)(a) of the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 for operating a car workshop business inside a nearby residential home.
DBKL had issued notices to the owner in August and October, instructing him to clear the area, but these warnings were disregarded.
Despite receiving notices to remove obstructions in the residential home, the owner had refused to comply, leading to an investigation for legal action.
StarMetro’s report highlighted the misuse of a public carpark in Jalan Pasai 6, which inconvenienced residents and visitors who had no where to park their vehicles.
Witnesses, including residents, shop owners and morning market traders, reported that some 20 to 30 parking bays, comprising about a third of the available spots, were consistently occupied by the unauthorised workshop.
The parking bays taken up by the workshop were occupied by several vehicles that appeared to be undergoing repairs, automotive repair tools and a tow truck.