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Mayor changes mind about suspending clamping, DBKL to take over from contractor, says report

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 29): The clamping of vehicle wheels in Kuala Lumpur was supposed to be suspended indefinitely from November but the mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan appears to have changed his mind, reported The Star

Instead, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will take over clamping operations from appointed contractor Vista Summerose Sdn Bhd effective Nov 1.

“But in the meantime, our enforcement team will take over clamping operations in the city using our own SOP (standard operating procedure) and by-laws," said Nor Hisham.

The reason Nor Hisham gave for DBKL taking over clamping operations is because parking operators “are too aggressive and were unreasonable."

“They have a KPI of 1,000 (cars to clamp) per day, and sometimes they are too aggressive when fulfilling that number.

“Sometimes people park for just a few minutes, and they will clamp the car," Nor Hisham told the English daily.

And here is a VERY IMPORTANT point KL drivers need to note now. The mayor has also revealed there is now a “grace period” if you are illegally parked before you are compounded. “Fifteen minutes. We will give them a maximum of 15 minutes before we take action," said the mayor.    

“And there were complaints that people had to wait more than one hour to get their cars released. We are very uneasy about these complaints, so we will review (contract) and take over for now.

“And there were complaints that people had to wait more than one hour to get their cars released.

"We are very uneasy about these complaints, so we will review (contract) and take over for now,’’ he said. 

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