By Joseph Sipalan
SEPANG, Malaysia - Police are getting exasperated over the callous behaviour of drivers who park their cars illegally along the road at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) here.
For 2011 alone, 20,043 summonses were issued at the terminal, solely for parking offences, said Selangor state traffic chief DSP Azmi Mansor.
For the first three months of this year, 6,120 summonses were issued, not including another 215 issued during a one-and-a-half hour operation yesterday afternoon.
Some vehicles are regularly issued multiple summonses, as owners would simply park their cars and leave them for days on end.
"But even after receiving a stack of summonses, drivers still insist on clogging up the already narrow roads at the busy terminal.
"This is an issue of attitude. These people don't want to park in the designated areas because they don't want a long walk to the terminal. If they can, they would drive into the terminal itself," said a frustrated DSP Azmi.
He said traffic officers could finish a 50-page summons booklet within two days, especially during peak season.
Daily, a total of 12 officers will split their work between three shifts from 6am to 12am.
This means that they could easily finish up to six booklets or dish out 300 summonses a day, according to some of the officers on duty.
Despite this, DSP Azmi said they had no choice but to continue with their work as they hoped to eventually push the public into using the available parking facilities and ease traffic congestion at the terminal.