177 vehicles clamped and 128 towed away

SINCE the beginning of the year, 177 vehicles in Cyberjaya and Putrajaya have been clamped while 128 others were towed to the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp) storage yard at Persiaran Semarak Api in Cyberjaya.

This is part of the move by the local authorities to come down hard on motorists who parked their vehicles haphazardly along road shoulders in the two townships.

The directive to enforce the tough action came into effect on Jan 1.

The MPSp and the Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) decided on the tough action after motorists failed to heed their warnings and continued parking their vehicles haphazardly along road shoulders.

The MPSp decided that something has to be done to control street parking in Cyberjaya which has gone completely out of control as irresponsible motorists park their vehicles just about everywhere.

Cyberjaya is home to 474 companies, 30 of them multinationals and the rest local firms.

The affected roads are Persiaran APEC, Persiaran Multimedia, Persiaran Semarak Api, Jalan Teknokrat and Jalan Usahawan.

Meanwhile in Putrajaya, the PPj said it had to resort to the tough action to control street parking, particularly in the “core island” where the office complexes were located.

The core islands are the Palace of Justice, the Finance Ministry, the Entreprenuerial and Co-operative Development Ministry, the Federal Territories Ministry and the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry.

The problem of haphazard parking in Cyberjaya is blamed on insufficient parking bays and poor and inefficient public transport services.

In Putrajaya, the residents said they would prefer to drive as the NadiPutra buses did not follow schedules.

Both the MPSp and Cyberview Sdn Bhd, the landowners of Cyberjaya, have jointly embarked on providing enough parking bays as well as improvement in the bus service to enable workers or visitors to commute within the city.

With the current additional parking bays and with the improvement in the Park-&-Ride (P&R) services in both Cyberjaya and Putrajaya, there is no more excuse for motorists to park their vehicles along the roads.

Since the beginning of the year, the MPSp and PPj have beefed up efforts to punish errant motorists.

According to MPSP president Azizan Mohd Sidin, there has been some marked improvement since sign boards were put up at strategic locations to remind motorists of the new parking rules.

“Motorists are slowly getting used to the idea although there are some teething problems. There are still some stubborn motorists but enforcement officers have been instructed to sound their siren three times before they proceed to clamp the wheels,’’ Azizan said.

He said the vehicles would be towed away if the motorists did not show up after two hours.

“The motorists are allowed to redeem their vehicles from the council storage yard after paying the towing and compound charges of RM300,” Azizan said.

He added that since the rule came into effect, most of the vehicles clamped or towed away were those that were parked along Persiaran Multimedia.

“The enforcement is effective from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm on working days,’’ Azizan said.

In Putrajaya, PPj president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said they had been in constant touch with the ministries and government agencies on the restricted number of parking areas available to their customers, stake holders and visitors.

Leaflets on the P&R facility have been circulated to the ministries and agencies to be distributed to their customers.

“For example, the Public Services Commission has provided the leaflets in their invitation letters sent to the interviewees of civil service to encourage them to use the P&R,’’ Samsudin said.

He said the Perbadanan enforcement team and the Putrajaya police had also been going around in November and December last year, educating and encouraging the public to use the P&R.

“These strategies will continue this year and summonses will be issued to owners of vehicles parked at roadsides and undesignated parking areas in Putrajaya,’’ he said.

Samsudin said efforts were also being made to disseminate the information via electronics media owned by the PPj such as the variable message system (VMS) and full colour panels along the main road and also the Putrajaya portal.

According to Samsudin, the system is working as the parking bays at the three-storey P&R complex in Precinct 7, one of the three such facilities in Putrajaya which was under-utilised before the rules came into effect, are slowing being filled and the number is increasing by the day.

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