By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – After the 400 percent increment of Quit Rent by the Kuala Langat District Council (MDKL), the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) seemed to follow their footsteps by increasing vehicle towing charges.
According to a source of MalaysiaGazette who shared the notice by the enforcers of MBSA, offenders will be charged RM2,000 for vehicle towing, which is not inclusive of the six percent Goods and Service Tax (GST).
The payment is also not inclusive of the wheel clamping cost of RM300, storage cost of RM50 (before GST) per day and the compound of opening the clamp on site of RM1,000 (for heavy vehicles).
A search in the MBSA website found that the original towing charges for cars and vans was RM270 while lorries were charged RM350, which included the towing charges and compound.
Meanwhile, the onsite payment of towing was RM100 (RM40 for towing and RM60 for compound) while the storage cost at the MBSA Towing Depoh was RM10 per day.
Based on the charges and vehicles towing compound portrayed at the MBSA’s website, there is an increment of up to 640 percent on these charges.
On the other hand, the charges and compounds for the same offence in the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is far lower than MBSA under the administration of the Selangor State Government.
DBKL only incurs towing charges of RM150 per car (clamping and removal), RM400 for bus, lorries and trailers without truckload under 3,000 kilogrammes and RM500 for other vehicles above 3,000 kilogrammes.
After winning the 12th General Election (GE12) since 2008, the Selangor State Government had imposed various policies which burdened the people in the state.
The state government also increase payments on 90 types of business licenses in Selangor. The licenses under the administration of MBSA have been increased 72 percent while licenses under the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) have been increased 120 percent.
Besides that, the increment of business license charges in the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) have been increased 400 percent. Premium charges and land development charges imposed on developers have also been hiked to 18 percent. – MalaysiaGazette.