From next year onwards, the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) will be imposing a new RM100 fine on those who illegally park in lots reserved for the disabled. This is an increase from the current RM30 to RM50 enforced in the area.

According to a report from The Star, MPSP’s president, Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said that no attempts to plea for discounts on the fines would be tolerated, nor will there be any leniency shown.

Maimunah said, “It is an offence to park in a disabled person’s parking lot without a disabled persons car sticker and offenders can be fined up to RM300 under Order 20 (2) of the Road Traffic Order (Car Parking Using Coupons) MPSP 1995.”

In total, there are 49 disabled-only parking spots available on the Penang mainland, and Dr Tiun Ling Ta, a municipal councillor and a disabled person himself, had initially suggested that the fine be raised to RM100, just as it was recently enforced by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP). His reasoning was that the RM30-50 rate was too insignificant of a fine to properly deter errant motorists.