Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has revealed that it has towed away a total of 1,136 run-down, abandoned vehicles last year. According to a report by Bernama, DBKL enforcement director, Datuk Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said that the amount of towed-away abandoned vehicles has almost doubled in 2015 compared to the year before.

In 2014, a total of 634 abandoned vehicles were towed away by DBKL, while 415 vehicles were towed in 2013. The vehicles are said to be found mostly in car parks and public housing areas around the city.

Worryingly, the growing number of abandoned vehicles doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In January and February 2016 alone, DBKL reports that there were a total of 266 abandoned vehicles that have been towed away. A sum of 196 vehicles were detected via complaints made by the public, while the remaining were found through DBKL’s own surveillance.


The DBKL chief explained that when a vehicle is found to be abandoned, the administration, with the help of the Road Transport Department (JPJ), will issue a notice to its owner to collect the car.

If no action is taken, the vehicle will then be towed away to a DBKL storage depot in Salak Selatan. Another notice will be sent, and should the owner respond, an RM100 claims charge would be imposed, and a further RM10 per day for each day that the vehicle has been in DBKL’s storage.

“If no claim is made in one month after the notice is issued, the vehicle will be scrapped. In the case of vehicle frames and those without engines or number plates, it will be scrapped immediately,” Sauffi explained.