The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is set to get tough on those who park indiscriminately in OKU parking lots. From May, only those with disabled car stickers issued by the local councils and government departments will be allowed to park at any of the 53 OKU parking lots on the island, The Star reports.

Vehicles parked in a OKU parking lot and not displaying a sticker will be slapped with a RM100 fine, said MBPP councillor Chris Lee Chun Kit. He said that those without a valid sticker – which is issued by the JPJ or local councils – should display their OKU identity card on their car’s dashboard.

Lee said that a total of 689 OKU stickers have been issued thus far, 152 to disabled drivers and 537 to their guardians. “There are fake stickers being sold in the market, but our enforcement team has been trained to spot them,” he added.

He explained that the move to enforce was necessary to send a clear message to the public that they should not be depriving those who need OKU parking spots by taking up the space. Lee said that the ratio of OKU parking spaces in Penang is only 7.69%, but in terms of accessibility the percentage is much less, due to abuse. He said that 51 compound fines have been issued from January until April this year.

Lee urged the guardians of disabled persons to park in a normal car park spot when they are not driving the OKU around so as to give way to others who need the parking space. “I also hope that all shopping complexes and private establishments will self-regulate and self-enforce the parking spaces for OKU, as it is outside our jurisdiction,” he added.

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