Have you ever had to drive aimlessly around your taman in a futile search for parking because some of your neighbours decided it was their right to "chup" parking spots with chairs, flower pots, or traffic cones?
Well, here's a little PSA for ya.
Much like "chupping" parking spots with a human body, trying to "reserve" parking spots with objects in also an offence under Section 50 (3) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
"The act of 'reserving' parking spots (such as placing chairs, motorcycles, traffic cones, flower pots, clothes drying racks, and standing on it) is an offence under Section 50 (3) of the Road Transport Act 1987," the Road Transport Department (JPJ) wrote in a Facebook post published yesterday, 3 July.
The PSA has been shared over 4,600 times at the time of writing.
Aside from residential areas, the law also applies in public and private premises, including shopping malls and parking spots surrounding shoplots
On that note, business owners are legally not allowed to reserve parking spots unless they are rented from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) or relevant city councils.
Even so, rented parking lots can only be blocked during business hours and has to be open for public use after the designated time frame.
If found guilty, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to RM2,000 or six months jail time. Subsequent offences will rack up a fine of up to RM4,000 or not more than 12 months in jail.
Make sure to include the following details in your complaint:
- Your name and IC number,
- Location of incident,
- Date and time,
- Car number plates involved, and
- Any additional details about the incident.
The same law also applies to people who try to "chup" parking spots by standing on them and refusing to leave: