Whereas parking points are frequent in city areas, some locations have it worse than others. One space dealing with such woes is Kim Teng Park, a residential space in Johor Bahru. As a result of its shut proximity to the Sultan Iskandar Constructing customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) complicated, Jalan Storey within the residential space has develop into a favorite spot for motorists to park – without cost – earlier than they head off to Singapore for work.
This has raised the ire of native residents, together with merchants within the space, as The Star studies. Residents and companies stated there have been instances of automobiles had been being left for days, making it tough for companies as a result of clients couldn’t discover parking.
In response to a dealer who solely wished to be generally known as Ahmad, the state of affairs has develop into so dire that he has needed to block off the car parking zone in entrance of his store to stop outsiders from hogging the area. “If I don’t block the area, then how will the bread and ice suppliers and different autos load and unload items for my retailer?” he stated.
He added that there have been individuals who tried to take away the barrier, and he’s usually requested the query, “is that this your grandfather’s highway?” He lambasted the parking bay hoggers. “They need to work in a developed nation however depart us to take care of their third-world mentality,” he stated.
Such motion to place up boundaries has not gone unnoticed, with the Johor Baru Metropolis Council (MBJB) reportedly fining store homeowners who place site visitors cones, chairs, garbage bins and different gadgets in entrance of their retailers to cease individuals from parking there.
Nonetheless, Kim Teng Park residents affiliation president Danial Lokman Hakim stated town council ought to give attention to the basis trigger and discover a answer for the problem earlier than going after shopowners. “I don’t assume these shopowners would put up obstructions if individuals weren’t misusing the parking area,” he instructed the information publication.
In the meantime, native residents had been extra understanding of getting obstacles positioned in parking tons, as a result of many additionally confronted the identical concern, with autos being indiscriminately parked on the highway outdoors homes, making it harmful for different drivers within the residential space.
Danial stated that town council ought to implement the regulation and penalise those that misuse parking bays, both by towing the automobiles away or imposing a hefty tremendous on non-residents misusing the parking area as a long-term carpark. “MBJB has each proper to tow away these automobiles. Why aren’t they imposing the regulation? Do they lack manpower, towing autos or cupboard space?”
He added that the MBJB needs to be effectively conscious of the problem, as its council constructing shouldn’t be even a kilometre away from the placement. “The state of affairs is worsening daily, particularly after the pandemic. There’s even an MPV parked right here that’s used to ferry these working in Singapore. It expenses a charge to hold passengers, however is parked right here without cost,” he stated.