IMAGINE getting a parking ticket for analleged traffic offence along an unmarked roadside (off the grass verge) in the quiet residential area of Jalan 5/17 in PetalingJaya on a Sunday morning.
The traffic is usually heavy on the main road of Jalan 5/13 leading to this slip road, in view of the popularity of eaterieslocated towards the end of the row of shophouses.
Vehicles are usually parked on parking bays allocated along the road within the compound of the shophouses.
Invariably on all weekends, apart from thedesignated parking spaces, you will noticecars parked along both sides of the mainroad despite being marked by distinctivewhite road markers.
What confuses responsible road users is why summonsed are issued to cars parked outside residential houses, more so on unmarked side roads, when action is not seen to be taken for even indiscriminate parking along the main road.
Upon checking with a senior MBPJ officer,it was revealed that the main road is outsidetheir jurisdiction and also, no complaint hadbeing lodged by the public.
That being the case, I understand numerouscomplaints have being made with regards to the inner road by the shops where tables and chairs are being placed during weekends, utilising allocated parking spaces,including covering of public drains to facilitate additional cooking.
This area, as in the case of the slip road mentioned earlier, must certainly come within the ambit of MBPJ’s authority.
If so, this must presumably be a classic caseof the authority exhibiting double standards(or is it closing one eye?) in discharging its duties.
With numerous similar reports to date, there seems to be little hope for individuals to engage in time wasting dialogue to try and change the authority’s mindset. By the same token, if public apathy keeps treating such incidences as “minor issues”, we will all be destined regrettably to accept this as our way of life.
ROLAND K,Kuala Lumpur.