Starting today, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not clamp vehicles that break traffic rules relating to parking, which may result in a chaotic time for motorists in the city. Thankfully, the move will be a temporary one while DBKL resolves an issue following a request from several Kuala Lumpur MPs recently to review the parking contract awarded to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP).

According to a report by The Star, DBKL was asked to suspend YWP’s contract based on the local authority not calling for an open tender. The welfare arm of the Federal Territories Ministry outsourced its parking contract to Vista Summerose at the end of 2016.

KL mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz stated he will meet with KL MPs this Wednesday to discuss the matter but noted a decision can’t be made immediately. “I will meet with Kuala Lumpur MPs on Wednesday and give them the necessary feedback on why suspending the clamping of vehicles may not be a good idea,” he said.

“I was asked to suspend (clamping) for the time being. It was a request from KL MPs Lim Lip Eng, Fahmi Fadzil and Tan Kok Wai. We will give it a try, and on DBKL’s part we will continue with enforcement and towing of vehicles if necessary.”

“The MPs must understand that while I respect them as elected representatives, I cannot be taking orders from them. Things are a little uncertain right now without a boss. There is no FT minister. Some decisions cannot simply be made without putting some thought into it,” he added.

Amin Nordin also noted cancelling YWP’s contract will require DBKL to review the contract in terms of compensation. Vista Summerose managing director Datuk Nik Haidi Nik Mohamad revealed that should DBKL terminate its contract, the compensation amount would be almost RM100 million.

“They still have to hire someone else with the technology to the job and it not as easy as it seems,” he said, adding that clamping was effective to prevent people from illegally parking their cars – out of the 250,000 cars which park in the city every day, only 80,000 pay for parking.