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16 Sep 2017
Tan says many able-bodied motorists hog parking bays meant for the disabled.
Tan says many able-bodied motorists hog parking bays meant for the disabled.

INCONSIDERATE motorists in Klang are hogging designated parking bays for the disabled, despite action taken by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) enforcement team.

MPK statistics reveal that an average of 15 cars a day are towed away for parking in disabled bays, with the offenders also issued summonses for RM400.

However, councillor Allan Tan, who is disabled, said many of the offenders just could not be bothered.

Despite the presence of thousands of parking bays in the royal town, he said, the offenders were unwilling to spare the few designated disabled parking bays.

Tan said he witnessed several incidents where disabled individuals like himself faced a tough challenge finding parking because of the selfish attitude of inconsiderate drivers.

He said he had spotted a four-wheel-drive vehicle bearing a VIP emblem in a parking spot for the disabled.

“It was parked in front of a restaurant in Jalan Pekan Baru 36, near Klang Parade, and I tried my best to attract the attention of the driver using my horn, but in vain.

“I had no choice but to park some distance away and walk with the aid of my crutches to the restaurant. I sat next to the entrance to see who would drive off in the four-wheel-drive.

“To my dismay, I saw three well-built, able-bodied men get into the vehicle before driving away,” he said.

To add salt to injury, Tan said he had also received phone calls from able-bodied people seeking his assistance to settle summonses issued by MPK’s enforcement team.

“The caller told me that he was rushing for an appointment and that’s why he had to park in a disabled parking bay. I told him that I could not help him,” he said.

He added that cars without the council’s official stickers for the disabled would be towed away if parked in the designated parking bays.

“A total of 122 cars were towed during the first eight months of this year,” he said, adding that there were 112 designated parking bays for the disabled in the royal town.

He urged Klangites to be mindful of the disabled and not add to their misery.

“They must understand that their irresponsible actions will only cause more obstacles for people who are already disadvantaged,” he said.

Source: The Star Online
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