JOHOR BARU: Enough is enough for the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) when it comes to indiscriminate parking especially within the Johor Baru central business district (CBD) areas.
Johor Baru mayor A. Rahim Nin said many motorists were taking the easy way out by parking their vehicles along the road although there was sufficient parking in the area.
He said the council had allocated 85 parking lots in Jalan Meldrum, Jalan Bukit Meldrum (23), Jalan Dato’ Onn (266), Jalan Segget (132), Jalan Trus (122) and Jalan Syed Mufti (224).
Rahim said apart from the MBJB’s outdoor designated parking lots, there were also sufficient indoor lots at shopping complexes and privately-managed parking.
He said their irresponsible action was the main reason for congestion within the CBD, especially downtown Johor Baru.
“From April, we will take stern action against vehicle owners found parking along non-designated parking zones,” Rahim told reporters after chairing the council’s full board meeting.
He said indiscriminate parking occurred on Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Jalan Abdullah, Jalan Trus, Jalan Jim Quee, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Meldrum, Jalan Meldrum, Jalan Pesisiran Abu Bakar Sultan and Jalan Syed Mufti.
Rahim said MBJB had acquired four new tow trucks which would be used to tow vehicles parked along the non-designated parking zones bringing the total number of tow trucks to five.
“Malaysians working in Singapore are also contributing to the parking problems in the city centre,” said Rahim.
Similarly, he said MBJB had installed 10 CCTVs in downtown Johor Baru along Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Tun Razak (near JBCC shopping complex and JB Sentral) to monitor traffic conditions
Rahim said the CCTVs would provide footage on vehicles illegally parked along the two roads and the council would deploy enforcement personnel to the areas.