Need to get tough on parking infringements

A stall taking up a parking bay in Kuala Lumpur. — Filepic

I REFER to the report , “Parking trouble at PPR, stratified residential buildings distressing residents” on Nov 14.

I must point out this is not just an issue at people’s housing projects but at all areas in the Klang Valley.

There is a shortage of parking spaces in many commercial and mixed zones.

This is compounded by the different municipalities’ lack of coherent policies on parking spots taken up by traders.

In Taman Setiawangsa, some of the public parking bays have been “rented out” to full-time food traders.

On certain days, they are joined by night market and morning market traders.

Imagine the tricky situation you will be in if you don’t move your car from these parking bays by the time these traders “book” their slots.

To make matters worse, when these markets are in full swing, their customers park along main roads illegally.

We also have two-lane roads becoming single lane because of roadside stalls.

Many of these stalls are operating along roads with yellow lines, indicating parking is not allowed.

These examples show that the allotment of parking bays for commercial activities needs to be clearly thought out.

Enforcement action either misses the point or does not go after those actually infringing the law.

If the authorities are serious, they should form a quick action task force and allow the public to raise complaints that come with a trackable reference number.

Websites should be updated with the reference numbers and action taken, together with the dates.

Tightening enforcement will prevent inconveniencing law-abiding motorists.


Taman Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur

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