By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: City Hall must brush up its act and carry out proper enforcement of its parking summons especially instead of allowing it to lapse to a situation where it has gone out of control.
At the same time, Jimmy Wong, the DAP member of Parliament for Kota Kinabalu said City Hall must ensure that they have sufficient parking lots for members of the public instead of just picking on motorists who are forced to double park.
Wong also lashed out at Edward Yong, the assistant minister in the chief minister’s department who oversees City Hall, saying he should brush up on the laws instead of just issuing threats.
Commenting on what he claimed as a haphazard amnesty programme for parking offenders carried out by City Hall, Wong said the authorities concerned were ill-prepared for the huge turnout of motorists who wanted to take advantage of the mere RM10 fine instead of the amount they were first compounded.
But it was the move to impose on backdated summons (over six years) that irked the federal lawmaker the most.
Quoting Section 3 Item 97 of the Limitation Ordinance (Sabah Cap 72), he said local authorities had six years to get motorists to settle their parking summonses from the date they are issued.
“This is the law and City Hall is bound by it. It cannot collect summonses or parking ticket dues that are older than six years,” he said.
“As such, it is advisable for City Hall to waive parking tickets and summonses that are beyond that time frame,” said Wong.
Noting that City Hall had issued more than 500,000 summonses for illegal parking and another 320,000 summonses for failing to pay parking dues through its coupon system since 2014, Wong said this was a symptom of a more serious problem in the state capital.
“At the end of the day, this situation can be traced to a single problem — the shortage of parking bays around the city, especially downtown,” an online portal quoted Wong as saying.
He said while City Hall could boast of Kota Kinabalu having 10,000 parking bays, 70% of them were in commercial complexes and shopping malls.
“The remaining 3,000 are along the roads, used by 700,000 vehicles,” Wong said.
“Every year, there are estimated 5,000 additional new vehicles on our roads. You don’t need to be a genius to see what the problem is,” he added.
Wong said City Hall had been collecting millions of ringgit in parking fees yet he did not see any improvements in the services provided.
Wong also blasted City Hall for having the highest parking rates in the State.
Mayor Yeo Boon Hai announced that the amnesty period had been extended until Feb 9 and motorists could also pay for their summonses online through City Hall’s “dbkk eservices” website.
Those who have had their summons endorsed by City Hall officials can also settle them at the UTC building in Sembulan.
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