Car wash centres ignoring six-hour operation ruling by state government


Defying orders: A car wash centre in SS2, Petaling Jaya opens at 10am, despite the state government's ruling to operate only from noon to 6pm.

MANY car wash centres in the state are not adhering to the state government’s ruling to operate for six hours from noon to 6pm in order to conserve water.

A check by StarMetro found that many were unaware of the Selangor government’s Aug 7 announcement, while some were waiting for special notification from their respective local councils before adjusting their operating hours.

Car wash attendants were found to continue with their business as usual as they said they were not informed by their superior on the change of operating hours.

A franchise car wash shop at a shopping mall in Subang Jaya said it would continue to operate at the usual hours of 9am to 5.30pm.

A manager of a car wash and maintenance centre in Batu Tiga, Shah Alam, Tommy Fong said they collected water in containers with the capacity to wash 30 cars for fear of the restriction.

“It is a step in preparation of the water rationing as our usual operating hours is from 10am to 7pm.

“If we cannot use water from the pipes before and after the six-hour restriction, then we can use the stored water. But I am not sure if even this is allowed,” he said.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said the city council would come down hard on car wash operators who do not limit their operating hours to the six hours set by the state government.

Illegal car wash centres would be ordered to shut down or be sealed with immediate effect, she added.

“This will fall under the Trade, Licensing, Business and Industry Bylaw 2007 and Section 46 (1) of the Street Drainage and Building Act 1974, of which the latter constitutes to obstruction of a public road,” she told StarMetro after launching the CIMB Islamic Bank at Jaya Shopping Centre in Section 14, Petaling Jaya recently.

“Currently, there are 90 licensed car wash operators in the city, while another 140 are illegal operators.

“From January to July, the city council has issued 69 compounds to illegal car wash operators, while another 303 were shut down or sealed,” she added.

On water conservation measures taken by the city council, Alinah said instead of using piped water to water plants, it is currently collecting water from two lakes in Taman Jaya and Taman Aman for the task.

Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA) Deputy Corporate Communications director Sharin Ahmad said the council was checking on car wash centres in the city to ensure the state’s directive was adhered to.

He added that there were 119 licenced car wash centres in the city currently.

“We seek the cooperation from these operators to follow the instructions and help implement water conservation programmes.

“In the meantime, the council will also check on other businesses such as eateries to ensure water is not being wasted,” said Shahrin.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) representative informed StarMetro that there was no campaign on water conservation for the time being but enforcement officers would make their rounds to shut down illegal car wash centres.


   

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