The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) says it will continue to carry out wheel-clamping on illegally-parked vehicles in the city, but it will do so in coordination with private operators starting from November 1, Bernama reports. According to federal territories minister Khalid Abd Samad, this was to avoid any conflicts between the authorities and the public, who think such actions were just a way for the city council to make money.

“The clamping of wheels is not a commercial activity but is for the convenience of city folks. Some people see it as a commercial action, even (for us) to attain the key performance indicator (KPI), causing the conflicts. So we will have to coordinate with the operators in the standard operating procedure (SOP), so that enforcement is carried out in a responsible and transparent manner,” he said.

His comments were in response to reports indicating that mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan had issued a directive to halt wheel-clamping from November in Kuala Lumpur. Khalid said that DBKL had an agreement with the appointed operators, but its priority was the convenience of the public.

The parking contract had been given to the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), which later privatised the enforcement action to Vista Summerose. Back in May, several KL MPs had asked for the contract with YWP to be reviewed, saying it was based on the local authority not calling for an open tender. However, a cancellation would require DBKL to review the contract in terms of compensation, which is said to be almost RM100 million.

In related mattters, the city council says it is in the midst of upgrading its online system of paying compound fines after glitches in the system surfaced recently, when DBKL offered discounts for its compounds.

“Many people wanted to pay but the queue was really long and the system was not ready for old compounds as it did not have the database. So we will set up the system and hope that in future, the public will pay online,” Nor Hisham said.