Finally found a parking space only to find that it’s a reserved parking bay? Those “DBKL Sewa” parking bays are legally tenanted from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), but they are not supposed to be blocked 24/7 and there are designated hours.

According to the council’s economic planning and development department director Azmi Abdul Hamid, the bays are only rented to businesses from 7.30am to 6pm from Mondays to Saturdays. “After 6pm daily, Sundays and public holidays the bays are open to the public,” he told Malay Mail.

The DBKL man said that there have been many complaints received from the public about the reserved bays with red lines locked with a pole beyond the time frame. He added that as a start, all car park tenants will be sent a notice to remind them of the valid times as this was not enforced before. After a warning, the next step will be to not renew their tenancy, which is due every three months.

“There will never be enough parking and the idea is to not create more available parking so people will take public transport. But for this, we have to ensure there is fair enforcement,” he said.

There are a total of 3,883 parking bays leased out for RM400 per month in the central business district, while bays outside the city centre are to let for RM215 to RM240. Azmi said many reserved parking bay tenants complain that if they don’t block the bays after business hours, the reserved bays will be occupied the following day. “We have a few times got the tow trucks to tow the vehicles away. But they have to adhere to the law, it’s for official operating hours only,” he stressed.

As for business owners who block parking bays for their own use without applying from DBKL, they will face enforcement. “The enforcement team has disposed of all sorts of items like car tyres, bins, broken furniture that were used to block the parking bays but it is back to square one days later,” he said, adding that several business owners have been fined RM500 for obstruction.