RAMPANT vandalism is damaging many car parking meters within the city. A random check found an increasing number of parking meters were ripped apart by unscrupulous parties, some with their interior gauges stolen.
Malfunctioning meters are also a common sight.
Motorist Mohamad Ibrahim Ahmad, 46, said the widespread vandalising of meters are wasting ratepayers' money.
"There is absolutely no reason to resort to vandalising parking meters.
"I hope the local authority takes stern action against the culprits for damaging public property," said Ibrahim.
Another motorist Cecilia Chan, 32, said the vandalism must stop immediately.
"I urge the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) to look seriously into the matter," said Chan.
MPPP Infrastructure and Traffic Management Committee member Tay Leong Seng said it was aware of the problem.
"We receive many reports on faulty parking meters every day," said Tay.
He said the council had lost much revenue in repairing the meters.
"We have stopped ordering new meters to replace the damaged ones since the second half of last year.
"There is no point in fighting a losing battle against the seemingly endless acts of vandalism," he said.
Tay said the council would be introducing a new parking system soon that would hopefully put a stop to this form of vandalism.
However, he said the system was still being reviewed by the council's tender board.