Parking Tout Jailed for 30 Days

Have you encountered parking touts that demand a “guard fee” when you want to park your motorcycle or car? This matter is prevalent in many places around the National Capital despite the parking lot in question is a public area.

It is actually an offence and we can report such activities to the Police or City Hall.

Several days ago a parking tout was jailed for 30 days and fined by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Magistrate’s Court (DBKL) after being found guilty of carrying out such illegal activities.

He along with seven individuals, including five foreigners, were accused in court after being arrested by the DBKL Enforcement Department through the Unlicensed Parking Guard Special Operation (Ops Jaga), last Thursday. The operations was carried out around Jalan Tun Sambathan, Jalan Sri Hartamas, Jalan Beremi, Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Jalan Alor and Jalan Raja Alang. These areas were identified as the focus of parking touts to “guard” and collect parking fees in public areas.

“A special operation was carried out from 12.30pm to 9.30pm, which resulted in arresting three local men and five foreigners consisting of three Indians, one Bangladeshi and one Myanmar national.

“They are then taken to the Enforcement Department for further action and documentation process (court prosecution/investigation papers).

“Yesterday, the DBKL Magistrate’s Court sentenced one individual to 30 days in prison, four others were sentenced to 14 days in prison while the other three were fined,” DBKL said.

Previously, the media reported the activities of parking touts in the capital operating unabated after they were seen often disturbing road users. The parking touts were spotted charging up to RM20 for a vehicle targeting crowded locations such as shopping areas, dining places and around entertainment centers.

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