The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has announced that it will tow away vehicles that are illegally parked in residential areas, and the corresponding motorist will be fined RM3,500. According to The Star, the move follows numerous public complaints over the nuisance caused by heavy vehicles such as buses and lorries that are haphazardly parked on road kerbs, dividers, fields, parks and other open spaces.

Mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said these vehicles were an obstruction mainly to the people living in neighbourhoods within the city. “Some park at the main junctions of busy roads and cause traffic congestion,” he told the press after chairing the monthly full board meeting on February 27.

Ahmad Zaharin said such vehicles were an eyesore, creating a negative image for the city in addition to damaging public property. “Most of these drivers park their vehicles overnight,” he said, adding that some of them remained at a particular spot for days, sometimes even weeks.

He said the council has hired loaders and engaged tow truck operators to tow away these illegally parked vehicles. “Owners of the vehicles will have to pay a hefty fine of RM3,500 and RM50 per day as storage fee until the vehicles are collected from the council depot,” added Ahmad Zaharin.

On a similar but unrelated matter, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) recently said that reserved parking bays are not supposed to be blocked 24/7 and there are stipulated hours for when business owners or staffs can utilise the designated spots.