Whereas parking points are widespread 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 consequence of its shut proximity to the Sultan Iskandar Constructing customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) complicated, Jalan Storey within the residential space has grow to be a favorite spot for motorists to park – totally free – 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 mentioned there have been circumstances of vehicles had been being left for days, making it tough for companies as a result of clients couldn’t discover parking.
In line with a dealer who solely needed to be often called Ahmad, the scenario has grow to be so dire that he has needed to block off the car parking zone in entrance of his store to forestall 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 mentioned.
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 wish to work in a developed nation however depart us to take care of their third-world mentality,” he mentioned.
Such motion to place up limitations has not gone unnoticed, with the Johor Baru Metropolis Council (MBJB) reportedly fining store homeowners who place visitors cones, chairs, garbage bins and different objects in entrance of their outlets to cease individuals from parking there.
Nevertheless, Kim Teng Park residents affiliation president Danial Lokman Hakim mentioned town council ought to concentrate on the basis trigger and discover a resolution for the problem earlier than going after shopowners. “I don’t suppose 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 heaps, as a result of many additionally confronted the identical problem, with autos being indiscriminately parked on the highway outdoors homes, making it harmful for different drivers within the residential space.
Danial mentioned that town council ought to implement the regulation and penalise those that misuse parking bays, both by towing the vehicles away or imposing a hefty high quality on non-residents misusing the parking area as a long-term carpark. “MBJB has each proper to tow away these vehicles. Why aren’t they implementing the regulation? Do they lack manpower, towing autos or cupboard space?”
He added that the MBJB ought to be properly conscious of the problem, as its council constructing is just not even a kilometre away from the placement. “The scenario 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 payment to hold passengers, however is parked right here totally free,” he mentioned.