The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will be increasing its efforts to rid the city of all abandoned vehicles left by the side of the road, according to a report by The Star. “We are stepping up enforcement this year and we are striving to achieve zero abandoned vehicles on the road,” said PJ mayor, Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.

According to Azizi, the enforcement team responsible for identifying and removing abandoned vehicles have pinpointed several hotspots for abandoned cars – locations include SS20 with a total of 82 abandoned vehicles, the area with the highest count it seems.

Aside from that, SS1 to SS9 have also been marked out as rather popular spots with a total of 52 cars identified. In, Kota Damansara and Kampung Kayu Ara, up to 51 and 35 cars were identified, respectively. In 2015 alone, complaints lodged by residents on abandoned vehicles have totalled 510 with 286 of the total towed away. The remaining 188 abandoned vehicles have since been disposed of.

Seized abandoned vehicles will be towed away to MBPJ’s depot located in Section 26, Shah Alam. Within a month of said vehicle being towed away, a check will be conducted with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to ensure that the vehicle is not stolen. Following that, owners will be issued a fine of up to RM600.

Additionally, MBPJ will conduct periodic checks on workshops that are suspected of leaving cars by the side of the road after salvaging parts from it. “We will also be issuing summonses to workshop owners who abandon unwanted cars along the road outside their premises,” commented Azizi. “If they fail to get rid of them properly, we will take action.”