Former rep challenging parking summons in test case

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  • Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017

GEORGE TOWN: A former PKR Batu Uban assemblyman who was issued a parking summons for allegedly parking outside of a designated lot three years ago has challenged its issuance by the local authority in a magistrate’s court here.

Lawyer S. Raveentharan was allegedly found to have parked his car outside of a parking lot in Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah on March 11, 2014, at 10.38am.

He claimed trial on Sept 15 last year to the offence under Article 5(1) of the Road Transport Act and the Road Transport Order (Car Parks) MPPP 2014 punishable under Article 50 of the same Order. The offence carries a maximum fine of RM1,000.

At the first hearing yesterday, Penang Island City Council enforcer Fadzilah Shamsudin said she issued the summons after finding the white Mercedes Benz parked outside the parking box.

“I was the one who issued the summons,” she said during examination-in-chief by prosecuting officer Noorazrein Norazlan Ong.

When cross-examined by lawyer Baljit Singh, who asked whether she had seen the driver who parked the car at the spot, Fadzilah said no.

When questioned if she remembered the colours and types of all the vehicles in the 36 summonses she issued on that date, she also replied no.

Fadzilah also admitted that she only remembered the vehicle after the picture was shown by the prosecution.

Outside the court, Baljit said the decision meted out by the court for this test case would affect thousands of motorists in George Town who had been similarly slapped with parking summonses as this was a problem faced by motorists due to the difficulty in securing parking spots in George Town.

The hearing continues today before magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid.

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