S’wak vehicle licensing board operates under Act, lacks enforcement to take action against indiscriminate parking

Michael Kong (file pic)

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 19: The Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) Sarawak operates under the LPKP Act and lacks enforcement powers to act against commercial vehicle trailers parked indiscriminately.

In replying to Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap’s recent statement urging LPKP Sarawak to ensure commercial vehicles have proper designated spots to park, LPKP chairman Michael Kong Feng Nian said LPKP Sarawak functions as a licensing board, considering factors such as outstanding compounds when renewing licenses to ensure compliance.

“Therefore, we treat all complaints seriously and forward them to enforcement teams to take appropriate action,” he said in a statement today.

He said that based on LPKP Sarawak’s past experiences, the local councils are hesitant to tackle this issue despite having enforcement powers. This has resulted in LPKP Sarawak turning to other agencies, such as the Road Transport Department (JPJ), which can issue compounds and take legal action against violators.

He said that indiscriminate parking, as observed in the case mentioned by Yap, is a violation punishable under existing laws.

According to Kong, only after JPJ Sarawak takes action by issuing compounds to offenders can LPKP Sarawak come in to consider not renewing any licenses if JPJ Sarawak’s enforcement actions remain unheeded by the offender.

“As such, this is why public cooperation is important in furnishing information for JPJ Sarawak to act swiftly and so that LPKP Sarawak can play its role effectively,” he added.

“To report violations, the public can contact LPKP Sarawak hotline at 011-24252754 or email JPJ directly at aduantrafik.sarawak@jpj.gov.my,” he said. — DayakDaily