Almost everyone can agree that looking for a parking spot in Kuala Lumpur’s busy areas is a hassle as you have to constantly be on alert to look for an empty space.
Not only that, once you’ve found an empty lot, you also have to check the colour of the grids at the spot to determine whether you can park there or not.
Red coloured grid means that the business owners have rented the space in front of their premises from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). However, these parking bays are not reserved for the whole day and there are actually designated timings when you can use these spots.
Source: Oriental Daily
Somehow, we still see many irresponsible business owners flouting the law and locking up the spaces even when it’s past business hours thus causing the congestion to worsen.
According to Oriental Daily, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said that if these businesses continue to do so, he is demanding that DBKL strictly enforces this regulation and fines them RM500 for violating it.
Apparently, these bays are actually only rented from approximately 7.30 am to 6 pm from Monday to Saturdays, after a quick check with DBKL. After 6 pm and on Sundays as well as public holidays, these parking lots can be used by the public but still, many businesses are ignoring these regulations.
Source: Oriental Daily
On September 30, Lim went around the Kepong area to check and he said that he saw several spots were still locked by the business owners. He added,
“I will ask DBKL to go around and check, if they see any other businesses doing the same I will urge them to issue the highest fine they can give, which is RM500 for violating this regulation.”
These unscrupulous businesses are adding to the double parking problem that is ingrained in our culture, which leads to traffic jams.
Sometimes, even when the lease is up, DBKL does not remove the pillars nor change the colour of the parking bays, which causes confusion as well.
Previously, only businesses such as banks, clinic, and car wash shops were allowed to lease these parking bays but it looks like any type of business can do so now. Lim said that he would also be contacting the Minister of Federal Territories to discuss this issue as the leasing of these parking bays were managed by a private company.
If they were not doing their job to enforce this, they would consider changing companies.
Lim encourages residents who encounter businesses that block the space after hours to report them too.
In response to this issue, Oriental Daily reported that some of these Kepong business owners said that they have never heard of this regulation before.
Source: China Press
One of them said that they would only face a shortage of parking spaces during weekdays so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Meanwhile, some of the shop owners also said that they faced aggressive drivers who refused to move even when it was the allocated time for the businesses.
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(Source: WOB / Oriental Daily)