All Malaysian motorists understand the frustration of trying to find a parking space, only to find it occupied by one, or several motorcycles. In an effort to reduce this, the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is clamping down, literally, on motorcycles parked outside the designated bays.

Using the E-Grip motorcycle clamp which locks the front brake lever in place, preventing the front wheel from moving, MPSJ has begun motorcycle clamping operations in the Sunway Metro area, according to a Facebook post from www.sjecho.com.my. To have their motorcycles released, owners pay a fine of RM30.

“Motorcycle owners have been parking their vehicles everywhere and anywhere they wish; at times blocking other vehicles and even occupying OKU parking spots,” said Noraini Roslan, MPSJ president. Noraini added MPSJ is looking at ways to increase the number of available motorcycle parking areas.

Noraini said MPSJ is identifying suitable spaces along back lanes and traffic islands on the road, adding that discussions will be done with police to designate motorcycle parking areas. MPSJ has arrears in traffic compounds amounting to almost RM80 million, with a recent campaign to have errant motorists settle fines at a flat-rate payment drawing a luke-warm response.