Lawbreaking cars in Mandalay to be booted
DELINQUENT drivers in Mandalay will soon face action for illegally parked vehicles in six townships within Mandalay City Development Committee territory.
According to U Khin Soe, a division officer for the municipal authority, vehicles that are double-parked, that block the street or that are parked in places regarded as “no standing” zones will be booted, with wheel clamps placed on them.
“Action will be taken under this system starting from October 15. The locks are ready now,” he said yesterday.
Smaller fines will be applied when the offending car’s driver can be located quickly. Otherwise, the car’s wheel will be locked until a K50,000 (US$40) fine is paid.
Any drivers who decide to attempt removing the clamp themselves will be charged 10 times the value of the wheel lock.
The new approach is a departure from MCDC’s current vehicle towing system, in which illegally parked cars have been towed by the municipality, with drivers charged K50,000 for the towing plus another K50,000 in fines.
At least one Mandalay driver, U Nyunt Win, seemed to approve of the new scheme.
“The roads are narrow in Mandalay. Parking problems are getting worse and worse now that more cars are on the roads. There is not enough parking at crowded places like the Zeigyo Market, so people just park anywhere. Traffic is always jammed on market days. Taxis stop wherever they want and many people park illegally to unload goods,” he said.
“I guess more people will be charged [for illegal parking] using the wheel-lock system compared to the towing system, which was very time consuming,” he added.
– Translation by Emoon