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Narrow road choked by illegal parking


DEFIANT MOTORISTS: Errant drivers appeared to be undeterred by traffic summonses issued by council officers and traffic police

GEORGE TOWN: INDISCRIMINATE  parking near the Penang Hospital have led to a  bottleneck in traffic flow here. A check at the two-way Jalan Tull showed that the illegal parking situation had worsened, with the narrow road becoming impassable at times.

Cars parked on both sides of the road have taken up a lion's share of the lane, disrupting traffic flow.

To make matters worse, errant drivers appeared to be undeterred by the traffic summonses issued to them by council officers, as well as traffic policemen. These errant motorists continue to park where they liked.

These motorists refused to use the despite a multi-storey car park located next to the road, preferring to park at the roadside for free.

Fuming road users are up in arms after experiencing delays while plying that the road, and called for an immediate action to be taken by the hospital to address resolve the matter.

Ahmad Hasbulah Anwar, 45, lamented that a high number of numerous outpatients had caused the parking lots to be snapped up quickly.

“Some car owners become inpatient after failing to secure parking lots within the multi-storey premises car park building and resorted resort to parking illegally outside the building.

“This is horrible as the traffic flow is backed up by a small number of few defiant drivers who park at the expense of other motorists,” added Ahmad Hasbulah. said.

Jennifer Lee, 23, said the hospital must help the law enforcement authorities to rectify the situation.

“I hope the hospital can also do something to stop cars from blocking  traffic flow,” she said.

State health director Dr Lailanor Ibrahim said he was aware of the limited free parking available that was available on a first-come first-served basis.

“I will discuss with the local authority to place either plastic cones or other obstacles along the road to deter illegal parking.”

Two-way Jalan Tull is almost impassable because of illegally parked cars on both sides of the road.

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