Source: The Star 28-10-2015
No excuse for misuse
Blue parking lots off limits to able-bodied hoggers (Information
on how to apply for OKU Sticker is highlighted in RED in the article.)
The next time you see a car parking lot painted bright blue, spare a thought for
A total of 38 parking lots on Penang island will be painted blue in the next few
months and the project is expected to be completed next month.
The RM9,500 project is carried out by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to
provide accessible parking space for disabled drivers.
MBPP councillor Chris Lee Chun Kit said the lots were painted in bright blue to
ensure that other road users would not misuse the space.
“There are a lot of motorists who use the parking lots meant for the disabled,
and they give a lot of excuses for using the space. This is why we decided to
carry out the project.
“The lots are painted blue because it is the universal colour for the disabled.
“Those without an OKU sticker on their vehicle will not be allowed to park. If
they do so, the car will either be towed away or compounded.
“These individuals would then need to pay the RM100 fine.
“It would be just like any other illegal parking,” he said during a press
conference at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah yesterday.
Lee said MBPP would train its enforcement personnel to recognise the different
OKU stickers issued by the other states.
“It doesn’t matter if you are not from Penang. If you have a valid OKU sticker,
you can park here,” he said.
The OKU parking space in Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah is the first to be painted
blue by the MBPP yesterday.
In Penang, disabled drivers who are issued the OKU car
stickers by the MBPP for free, can park their vehicles at any of the MBPP
Those who wish to apply for the OKU parking stickers need to present their OKU
card issued by the Welfare Department, identification card, driver’s licence,
car registration card and a passport-size photograph.
They can apply for the stickers at the MBPP office in Komtar. For details,
contact 04-2613605 or 04-2613605.
A check with Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) councillor Dr Tiun Ling Ta,
showed that a similar effort was also carried out on the mainland.
“Since early last year, MPSP has enforced a policy that every new development
must ensure that there is one parking spot for the disabled for every 50 parking
“Currently, we have 48 parking slots for the disabled in Seberang Prai,” he said
when contacted yesterday.