Standing in a parking spot to ‘reserve’ it can cost you RM2,000 or even jail time, say cops

Those who attempt to “reserve” a parking spot can be fined up to RM2,000 or even six months in jail. The Star reports ..


The Royal Malaysia Police on its Facebook page on Thursday (Sept 20) said that it is against the law to physically place oneself in a parking lot to prevent other vehicles from using it.

This is classified under the law as unlawful interference and importuning.

“Those who are on the road or at any parking spot (besides the authorities), with the intention of directing a driver to park or reserve a parking spot is deemed to have broken the law under Section 50(3) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

“Under Section 119, those guilty can be fined up to RM2,000 or face six months imprisonment.

“The penalty will increase for subsequent offences,” read the post, adding that this problem did not only occur in Malaysia.

“However, it is an irresponsible thing to do and inconveniences others,” it said.

Recently, such cases have been making its rounds on social media.

Such acts often lead to untoward incidents, including arguments and squabbles.