SMC to start clamping illegally parked cars at Central Market

The central market parking complex.

SIBU, July 30: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will start clamping vehicles for illegal parking at the Central Market on August 1.

Chairman Councillor Clarence Ting said the council has recently bought 10 clamps for the purpose.

“We have announced it on our Facebook to give awareness to motorists on the clamping of vehicles for illegal parking and we will implement the wheels clamping system on August 1,” he said.

Councillor Ting said the council would follow the SOP where only vehicles that have parked  illegally for two nights onwards will be clamped.

“For those owners or drivers whose vehicles have been clamped, they will have to contact our officers or security guards at the first floor of the market parking complex if they want to release the vehicle. There will not be any penalty charged to the owner or driver,” he added.

He warned that anybody who damaged or removed the wheel clamping system would be liable to pay and be indemnified for the cost of management and replacement.

Other incidental expenses such as legal costs might also be included to ensure compliance with the by-laws.

“The council will not be responsible for any damage to the locked-out vehicles due to the owners or drivers moving the vehicle without any permission,” he said.

On the resurgence of Covid-19, Councillor Ting reminded the residents to always be alert and aware of their surroundings.

“We have to bear in mind that under the Recovery Movement Control Order,we still have to abide by the SOP given to us by the government. We must not let our guard down and take this period lightly as Covid-19 is not selective with its victims,” he said.

Ting urged the residents to wear face masks when in public places and not to do it just because it will be made compulsory starting Aug 1.

“The State Government has also said many times to businesses to follow the SOP. Please follow the SOP strictly like temperature scanning of customers and registering their particulars. That is why we are making on-the-spot registration at our markets starting July 28. This is for the safety of the public,” he said.—DayakDaily