This blog since its inception in April 2009 has posted many articles.
I have in fact lost touch on what subject or topic that has already been written. Should any subject has been written on before, my sincere apologies for inadvertently forgotten and writing about it again.
Many drivers have been summoned for parking their vehicles in “no parking” areas. Today’s article will therefore emphasize upon a few places or areas where a driver is not permitted to park. Parking in such an area will obviously end in your getting a summons.
Where are some of the areas where parking is disallowed?
Before proceeding any further, the Road Transport Act 1987 or Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987, has sections which stipulates what a driver can or cannot do. Contravening any of the above mentioned sections will eventually lead to you being summoned.
The summons are normally carried out by the police, the Road Transport Department, and the local authority people.
Not all traffic offenses are contained in the various sections of the R.T.O. act. Those not encompassed in the sections are in fact incorporated into circulars or surat-surat pekeliling, which are issued from time to time to all state road transport departments.
It should in fact be reiterated that circulars such as these are considered as part of laws and are therefore legally binding.
Talking about no parking areas, you as a driver may wish to inquire what or where are they usually found. Among the few no parking areas must surely be:
1) Sign where “No Parking” is displayed.
I am certain all drivers with valid driving licenses are aware of this important sign. To contravene this sign is violating circular 8A (TS SCT 59LN 176/59) under Section 119 (2), Road Transport Act 1987 and you can be fined a sum of RM200.
2) At yellow lines.
Parking at yellow lines, a driver has in fact violated circular 12 (3A) TS. Again Section 119 (2) of the R.T.O. 1987 and it carries a RM200 fine.
3) Parking at junctions and corners.
Drivers should know better than to park at such dangerous areas. Circular K12 (1) RTR. and Section 119 (2) of the R.T.O. 1987 again recommends that you be accorded a RM200 fine.
All drivers should be aware if they wish to park near a hydrant, do park at least 3 meters from it. Parking right at the hydrant itself, you in fact are contravening circular K 12 (2) RTR. Again Section 119 (2) R.T.O. 1987, stipulates another RM200 fine.
5) At dangerous places and places obscuring sight.
In case you are unaware, dangerous places can be termed as corners, up a hill or down a slope, and junctions irregardless whether it’s a T-junction or a cross junction.
Refrain ideally from parking your vehicles in such situations. If you are stubborn and insist to ignore advice, you are in fact contravening circular K12 (3) RTR. The R.T.O. 1987 suggests a RM200 fine also. You as usual can be charged under Section 119 (2) again.
6) At bus stops.
Parking at such places is an offense. Unless you park 9 meter away from a bus stop, you have committed a traffic offense. Buses are huge and long vehicles. They require quite a large area to facilitate enabling passengers to board and disembark from them.
Accidents can easily take place if insufficient space are accorded for them.
What have you, as a driver contravened if you choose to park at bus stops?
You have contravened circular 12 (4) RTR. Under Section 119 (2), you can expect to receive a RM200 fine.
I have specially accorded much time upon this subject of “no parking”. It is earnestly hoped that the time which went into so diligently explaining to drivers the places where it’s illegal for them to park their vehicles have not been in vain.
As they say, your not getting a summons demonstrates that I have been successful in my mission. Finally, be careful of where you park your vehicles. Avoid getting summoned. You actually can achieve it, if you want to!