Councils scrutinise parking rules
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“There are weaknesses in the provisions of the law as they are mostly outdated.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.