THE authorities should take stern action against traders who take over parking lots along four busy streets in Penang, especially during peak traffic hours.
A motorist claimed hawkers, and even some shop operators, would set up stalls on parking lots during peak hours at Lebuh King, Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Pantai and Lebuh Bishop.
“Because of the traders’ action, the motoring way is narrowed causing traffic congestion. So, the public has fewer lots to park their vehicles,” said the motorist.
“These traders not only set up their stalls on the road but also put cones, tables, tyres, vases or signboards to block the parking lots.”
This has been going on for some time, according to the motorist who declined to be named.
A spokesman for Penang Island City Council said a special enforcement unit had been formed to monitor such hotspots where parking lots were blocked by traders.
“We have received complaints from the public and we will constantly dispatch teams to remove structures or advise traders not to block the parking lots.
“We understand some of the traders pay rent for the parking lots but they should not block the lots when they are not using it.”