TENANTS who have paid for reserved parking bays are depriving the public of spaces in congested areas, when it comes to after-office hours.
Building manager P.V. Raju, 62, said the tenants would leave up the barriers to the parking lots even after they close shop.
Tenants had the right to use the bays during the day, but surely not after office hours, he said.
When met int Jalan Telawi in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Raju said most parking bays were blocked round the clock and this deprived others of the space.
He claimed there were times when the tenants would put items such as chairs or cones to block use of the parking lots, after office hours, Raju said.
He urged the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to be more stern in dealing with such situations, especially in high-density areas such as Bangsar.
“The availability of parking spaces here is tight, from morning to midnight,” he said.
He urged DBKL to consider building more multi-level parking centres in the area.
Checks in Jalan Telawi saw many reserved bays with barriers up, even after 6pm.
Some had locks.
The reserved parking bay is priced between RM200 and RM400 a month, depending on the location. The bay can be reserved for a month, three months or a year.
Reserved parking bays, which come under the purview of the City Car Park System in partnership with Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), are painted with red markings.
YWP’s consultant Datuk Nik Haidi Nik Mohamad said there were 3,755 reserved bays as compared to 46,000 bays in operation.
“Parking bay tenants have the right to use the space during operational hours,” he said.
However, he said there were those who raised the barrier in order to ensure that their space would not be used the following day.
He said although YWP was not obligated to protect the lots, tenants could call them if their space were occupied by others and action could be taken.
“However, most of the barrier stands for reserved bays were only raised and not locked.
“The public can lower the barrier and use the space if it is not locked,” Nik Haidi added.