THE Ipoh City Council does not have the specific power to take action on the unruly behaviour of parking touts in the city.
Council corporate affairs principal assistant director Normala Latiff said the activities of these touts are similar to that of beggars, and it all depends on whether the public is willing to contribute.
“It is also not within our jurisdiction to apprehend them for this purpose.
“Charging them in court would also be difficult as there are no provisions available for this offence under council laws,” she said.
It was previously reported in The Star that Ipoh folk are complaining about parking touts being a nuisance in the city by pretending to be parking attendants and asking for money.
Many had expressed hopes for the city council to step up on enforcement to curb this issue instead of letting them to continue asking for money from people.
Even so, Normala said the council’s enforcement department has taken several steps to control the problem.
“This includes motorcycle patrolling around parking lots and sending the touts away if they were seen taking part in such activity.
“We have also set up several beat bases in several hotspots around town for a longer duration where parking touts are widely known to operate,” she said.
She added that the council has also organised joint operations with other agencies such the state Welfare Department, the Perak police, the National Anti-Drugs Agency and Rela members.
“Using the provision of the law under Section 3(1) of the Destitute Person’s Act 1977, we can only try to save the vagrants found during the time of our operation.
“Usually when our operation is in progress, these parking touts would disappear, and we can only target the beggars who have no place to stay,” she said.
Normala also pointed out that until today, the enforcement department has not received any complaint or police report from the public regarding their vehicles being defaced by parking touts.