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Saturday January 16, 2010
Free parking in the city for the disabled
GOOD news for the disabled, the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) is giving them free parking in the city.
This is the first time the state government is offering such a privilege – making it the second state in the country to implement the facilities.
For the disabled: One of the reserved parking lots in the city.
The move was an effort by the council to be create a caring and disabled friendly society.
MPPP financial management subcommittee alternate chairman Tan Hun Wooi said special passes would be issued to disabled folk except for those who were blind and deaf.
He said the application for the special pass, valid for a year, was now available at the MPPP office.
To obtain the free pass, applicants have to produce photostat copies of their MyKad, disabled persons’(OKU) card, two passport-sized photographs, motor vehicle registration card, driving licence and a letter verifying the caretaker.
Registration can be done at Komtar, 15th floor. For further details, call 04-2592130.
He also said the council would not hesitate to issue summonses for vehicles that were parked at lots reserved for the disabled.
Currently, there are 15 such lots in the inner city and the council will be working with organisations for the disabled to come up more such parking lots elsewhere in the city.
Society of the Orthopaedically Handicapped Malaysia (POCAM) president Assoc Prof Dr Tiun Ling Ta said the move was noble.
However, he said, there was a need for better enforcement to prevent parking lots designated for the disabled from being used by unscrupulous drivers.
Asia Community Service Centre (ACS) executive director Khor Ai-Na described the move as “good and timely”.
She said the special passes for the disabled would also reduce the hassle the handicapped drivers face getting to the parking meter to insert their coins.
Society of The Disabled Persons Penang president Teh Lay Kuan lauded the move and urged the public not to park at reserved parking lots for the disabled.
“The reserved lots are there for a reason and I hope the public will be more considerate,” she said.