Coun­cils scru­ti­nise park­ing rules

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KUALA LUMPUR: The land­mark de­ci­sion con­cern­ing park­ing tick­ets is­sued by the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil on Thurs­day has led to var­i­ous coun­cils scru­ti­n­is­ing their own park­ing reg­u­la­tions.

The Pe­nang mag­is­trate’s court rul­ing has also gar­nered mixed re­ac­tions from le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers and ex­perts.

The Kuan­tan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (MPK) said it would dis­cuss with le­gal ex­perts on po­ten­tial ram­i­fi­ca­tions from the Pe­nang mag­is­trate’s court rul­ing.

Its pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Izad Zainal Muham­mad Safian said it needed to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the le­gal unit as the po­ten­tial im­pli­ca­tions from the rul­ing were quite sig­nif­i­cant.

In Kuala Tereng­ganu, the Kuala Tereng­ganu City Coun­cil said they of­fered traf­fic of­fend­ers suf­fi­cient op­por­tu­ni­ties to ap­peal traf­fic sum­monses.

City mayor Mohd Zulkifli Abu Bakar said the coun­cil rarely pros­e­cuted mo­torists for of­fences like park­ing, on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds.

“We give them an op­por­tu­nity to set­tle their sum­monses by is­su­ing re­minder no­tices ac­cord­ing to pro­ce­dures, as we record their ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion num­ber and type of of­fence.”

Mean­while, Bukit Ban­daraya ad­viser Mum­taz Ali said it was cru­cial for local coun­cils to im­prove their park­ing sum­mons sys­tem and up­date leg­is­la­tions to avoid the laws from be­ing ex­ploited.

“There are weaknesses in the pro­vi­sions of the law as they are mostly out­dated.

Ipoh city coun­cil­lor (Men­glembu/Falim zone) Khoo Boon Chuan said Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil may have to review its park­ing sum­mons sys­tems in or­der to avoid con­fu­sion among the pub­lic.

“There seems to be a loop­hole in the MBPP park­ing sum­mons pro­ce­dures that needs to be high­lighted and fixed im­me­di­ately. The coun­cil needs to come out with a clearer law.

“In Ipoh, the coun­cil is cur­rently us­ing hand­held com­put­ers on the ground to is­sue sum­monses.

The hand­held unit cap­tures data elec­tron­i­cally at a source which is up­loaded into the sys­tem elec­tron­i­cally.

“This elim­i­nates prob­lems such as du­pli­ca­tion of work and data en­try, thus min­imis­ing the in­ci­dence of er­ror in­tro­duc­tion,” he said, adding that he be­lieved the same method was also be­ing used by some other local coun­cils.

It was re­ported on Thurs­day that lawyer S. Raveen­tha­ran was let off the hook after the court de­clared the sum­monses is­sued to him three years ago was in­valid.

Mag­is­trate Mo­hamad Amin Shahul Hamid said the case had sev­eral tech­ni­cal is­sues, where the pros­e­cu­tion failed to ob­tain the ac­cused’s sig­na­ture when serv­ing the sum­mons on him.

Raveen­tha­ran was is­sued a sum­mons for al­legedly park­ing out­side of a des­ig­nated lot in Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barak­bah on March 11, 2014, at 10.38am.

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