GEORGE TOWN, Oct 18 – The Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) is coming down hard on errant motorists who ignore the compound notice issued to them. The council has been issuing legal notices to motorists who failed to pay up after 45 days from the date the compound was issued. Councillor Joseph Ng said the legal notice was part of the council’s initiative to tackle the problem of errant motorists who refused to take responsibility for their offences.
“Previously, people were complaining saying that parking attendants had been cheating them and marking up the parking rates,” said Ng. “We looked into the matter and introduced the coupon parking system in January for their convenience. “Now, some of them take advantage by not paying for the parking bay even though it was just 80 sen per hour,” he said.
Ng said the number of motorists paying the fine has increased since the council began issuing the legal notices in August. “More motorists are coming forward to settle their compounds since we started issuing the legal notices. “Our intention is to educate motorists to be more responsible for their action and encourage them to follow the law.”
Ng hoped to see a decrease in parking related problems in the island. “We hope road users would follow the rules and use the parking coupons, or apply for the monthly pass to avoid any compound being issued to them. When there is no compound, then there would be no legal action,” he said. He said the legal notice had also been issued to the outstation motorists who did not live in Penang but came as tourists.
“We have our system linked with the Road Transport Department. We will obtain the outstation vehicle owner’s details, including their name and telephone number and send the legal notice to their address. “They need to pay the compound or we will take further action against them,” he said, adding that the owners need to pay the compound at MPPP counter in Komtar.
He said the council is developing an online payment service and is expected to take off next month. Meanwhile, he said motorists are getting used to the coupon system since it was introduced in January this year. “The number of people using the coupon is increasing, showing that more motorists had started to follow the rules. We want to improve our system to provide better services for the people,” he said.