GEORGE TOWN: Traffic wardens have been introduced on the island to help reduce traffic congestion and road violations, says Penang mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.
Yew said the traffic warden unit under the Penang Island City Council is a bid to keep in check traffic offenders, whose numbers saw a rise last year.
“Traffic problems in the city are a concern to many.
“We cannot avoid traffic congestion especially during festive seasons and school holidays, ” he said in his speech at the launch of the unit yesterday.
Yew said in 2018, the council issued 195,670 compounds for various traffic offences.
He said during the period, 4,020 cars were towed while 22,346 cars were clamped.
Last year, he said, the total compound fines increased to 299,322 with 4,175 cars towed and another 22,338 clamped.
“We have appointed 70 traffic wardens, who have the authority to issue summonses between RM40 and RM300, for 44 offences under the Road Transport Act, ” he said.
Yew said these wardens would help and work closely with the police to deal with traffic issues on the island.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who launched the initiative, said he proposed to the city council to set up a traffic warden unit about eight years ago.
“I hope they will work with the police to resolve traffic issues in the state. The appointment of traffic wardens was provided for under Section 3 (4B) of the Act.
“They will be doing their rounds all over the island on bicycles, motorcycles and in official council enforcement vehicles, ” he said.
Chow said the state government supported the council in dealing with traffic issues on the island.
“With development, there are more vehicles on the road. The introduction of traffic wardens has come at the right time, ” he said.