MOTORISTS driving to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) have been warned against leaving their vehicles unattended at the drop-off and pick-up areas outside the departure and arrival halls respectively.
Sepang OCPD Supt Mohd Zahedi Ayob said the number of police personnel stationed at the two areas had been increased to 12 each at any given time to ensure that motorists did not park their cars there.
“They are supposed to make only short stops to drop and pick up friends and relatives but we have found that many tend to leave their cars there while they go into the airport arrival or departure halls,” he said, adding that this was the main cause of the congestion that occurred along the dual lane road outside the two halls as motorists often ended up double parking, thus blocking one of the lanes
The lanes were meant only for motorists making short stops and those who had to go into the airport should drive to the covered parking complex provided and park there, he said.
Supt Mohd Zahedi was speaking to reporters during a press conference held to announce stricter enforcement at KLIA, which was started recently in a move to ensure smoother traffic flow outside the arrival and departure halls.
Also present at the press conference were Malaysia Airport Holdings Sdn Bhd senior general manager (safety and security services) Datuk Kamaruddin Mohd Ismail and Malaysia Airports Sepang general manager Azmi Murad.
The OCPD also warned motorists against using the inner driving lanes outside the halls at the airport as these were meant only for taxis, limousines and VIPs.
He said police personnel would be stationed at the entrance to the inner lane and screening carried out to ensure that only authorised vehicles used them.
He called for cooperation from the public as the move was also aimed at reducing the activities of touts who operated illegal taxi services at the airport.
Kamaruddin said Malaysia Airports would be working hand in hand with the police as the congestion marred KLIA's image as an international airport.
“We are constantly trying to upgrade the services and facilities to keep pace with the standards of international airports and traffic congestion just outside our halls can affect the image of KLIA,” he said.
Supt Mohd Zahedi said he hoped the problem could be brought under control with stricter enforcement as the only other option was to start towing cars that obstructed traffic.
“We have considered the option and although we do not have the power to carry it out, we can call for the cooperation of the local authority to do so. However, we really hope that we would not have to resort to such harsh punishments,” he said.