Illegally parked vehicles pose danger to Setapak apartment residents

MEDAN Intan Apartment residents say illegally parked vehicles along Jalan 1/21C, Taman Suria Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, are creating blind spots for motorists.

Motorists from Medan Intan Apartment turning into Jalan 1/21C, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur had to be extra careful of oncoming vehicles as the cars parked illegally on the road are blocking their vision. —AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

They complained that the vehicles blocked their vision each time they exited their apartment and turned into 1/21C, resulting in near collisions with oncoming vehicles.

Jalan 1/21C connects Jalan Gombak to Medan Intan Apartment and Kuala Lumpur Traders Square.

During a site visit by StarMetro, several cars were seen parked along the road.

Apartment resident Connie Hoo, 45, said the situation was especially dangerous when buses were parked near the road junction.

“It is impossible to see vehicles coming from Jalan Gombak and we have to exercise extra caution when using the road.

“The problem has existed for years. Before the movement control order last year, you could see many buses parked by the road.

“During this MCO, private vehicles have taken over the spots instead, ” she said.

Hoo added that the situation was worse before Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) installed a speed breaker along the road.

Medan Intan Apartment Residents Association (RA) chairman Abd Hamid Majid said two residents were involved in accidents because of the situation.

“Those living here have to experience this every day.

“Sometimes, there will also be cars abandoned at the road, ” he said.

Abd Hamid believed that most of the motorists were parking their vehicles illegally because they did not want to pay for parking.

Hasanuddin Punari, a house- owner along Jalan 1/21C, said vehicles would sometimes be parked in front of his house, thereby blocking the entrance.

“I tried to put flower pots to prevent this but some motorists removed them.

“Sometimes, I see lorries having trouble accessing the nearby construction site because a huge part of the road is taken up by these illegally parked cars, ” he added.

Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew’s assistant Andre Lai, who highlighted the problem, said DBKL should put up signage and paint yellow lines on the road.

“With a Rumawip project coming up next to Medan Intan Apartment, more vehicles will be using Jalan Gombak and Jalan 1/21C.

“DBKL should take action as the situation will only get worse once the affordable housing project is completed, ” he said.

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Source: The Star