WHERE TO PARK???

by Zetty Tawfik

Petaling Jaya:Getting a parking space is another problem that drivers have to face instead of traffic jam. It’s always been a problem until now especially during working hours in Petaling Jaya and one of it is in Sunway Damansara.

Example of double park in Sunway Damansara. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

Example of double park in Sunway Damansara. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

This problem is getting worst and nobody seems really care about this. Drivers have to go round and round so many times to get a spot. Obviously nobody likes to spend 20 to 30 minutes just to get a single parking space especially during their lunch break.

One of the shop that reserved the parking for their customers. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

One of the shop that reserved the parking for their customers. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

One of the reasons is because most of the car repair and accessories shops reserved the parking bay in front of their shop lots for their customers. Sometimes they just not reserved for one parking space but more than that. So, the drivers do not have enough parking spaces available and they have to double park just to go for their lunch or wanted to buy something else. It makes the lane from two ways become one way because of the double park. It’s not only one or two lane but it’s almost every lane in Sunway Damansara have the same problem.

The drivers have to line up because of double park. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

The drivers have to line up because of double park. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

Besides that, because of the road becomes narrow, the drivers have to line up and wait their turn just to avoid any accident with the motorist from the other way. The accident will happen anytime if the drivers do not have any patient to wait, being selfish or have to rush to go somewhere else. It’s not impossible if any accident happen.

According to MBPJ public relations officer, Zainun Zakaria, stated that parking space painted with red lines already been rented out with the file reference number. For those who wanted to rent the parking lots must apply to council but it depends on what reason and what type of business. It also depends on the location it self that they applied for. We can’t simply rent out the parking spaces without no reason and unnecessary business. So, the owner of the shops it self have a right to served parking spaces for their customers without any complains.

They reserved parking spaces with no red lines. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

They reserved parking spaces with no red lines. Taken by Zetty Tawfik

But the problem is why there are still reserved parking spaces with no red lines in front of their shop lots? Sometimes they will put a no parking sign, or traffic cones to show that the parking is theirs but not to park. This irresponsible attitude should not happen because the parking spaces is for public not for their shop lots unless they already apply to the council.

Therefore, MBPJ should really take action now or not the drivers have to double park which is wrong because that’s one of the traffic crimes. The drivers have to breaking the rules because they do not have any choice seems there is no parking available for them to park.

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