MOTORISTS who park at Desa Sri Hartamas and Mont Kiara in Kuala Lumpur can ignore the parking meters because they are illegal, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said.
Lim said that he had discovered that the roads in the said areas had not been handed over to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
“I visited Jalan Kiara 3 in Mont Kiara with some officials of the developer and the DBKL on April 1 to inspect the poor conditions of the road. The officer told us that the DBKL was not responsible because the roads are still under the developer,” he said.
Lim said he did not understand why the roads were still privately owned while the areas had been developed for about 10 years.
“The developer told me that it had tried to hand over the roads to the DBKL three times previously but was rejected each time,” he said.
“Who will be held accountable if accidents happen as a result of the poor road conditions?” he asked.
Lim, a lawyer, also questioned the existence of the parking meters in the areas as the roads were yet to be gazetted as public roads.
“Who has pocketed the parking collection?
“The DBKL has no right to collect the parking fees, so were the parking meters installed by suppliers without prior consent from the DBKL?” he asked.
“What about the compounds issued to the motorists?
“Should the authority refund the money to the motorists?” he said.
When Lim contacted a DBKL officer in front of the reporters, the officer told him that the compounds issued were invalid and the DBKL would take action on the operator.
Lim said he would write to the DBKL for an explanation.
On a related matter, Lim said the DBKL rented the electronic car park system from four suppliers and had appointed seven operators to collect the parking fees.
“The operators pay RM5.50 per parking bay a day in the city centre and RM2.80 a day in the suburbs to the DBKL,” he said.
Repeated attempts to get DBKL to confirm Lim’s assertion proved futile. However, in a faxed statement, City Hall’s corporate communications manager Anwar Mohd Zain said that Jln 25/70A in Desa Sri Hartamas had been handed over to the authority.
He added that there were three parking meters along the road and no individual or company had been given the rights to collect parking charges in the area.
However, the faxed statement did not make any reference to other roads in the area.