Sometimes, finding a parking spot can be a real chore, but nothing beats driving up to a vacant spot, only to find that it’s “taken” by someone else who’s nonchalantly standing there waiting for his/her friend to park. We all know that feeling too well.

Now, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has just stated that such a move is not permissible, and doing so would be committing an offence under Section 50 (3) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

The rule states: “If any person, otherwise than with lawful authority, remains on any road or at any parking place for the purpose of importuning any other person in respect of the watching or cleaning of a motor vehicle, or for the purpose of directing any driver of a motor vehicle in respect of parking on such road or at such place, he shall be guilty of an offence.

Anyone who is guilty of said offence will be liable to a maximum fine of RM2,000 or imprisonment up to six months. A second conviction doubles that – RM4,000 fine or 12 months jail term.

PDRM added that the behaviour is irresponsible and inconveniences others, and it could potentially put the violator (for the lack of a better word) in harm’s way. The problem, while not exclusive to Malaysia, has to be nipped in the bud. Let’s all be a little more considerate, alright? What say you?