How many times has this happened to you: Maneuvering tight parking areas, desperately looking for a vacant slot only to find one occupied by a person, reserving a parking slot by standing in it. Standoff ensues.
Well, a country close to ours has finally called it: Standing in a parking slot intended for a motor vehicle is illegal in Malaysia. In a report on PaulTan.org, the Royal Malaysia Police posted on its Facebook page (as translated by the website) that in Section 50 (3) of the Road Transport Act 1987:
“If any person, otherwise than with lawful authority, remains on any road or at any parking place for the purpose of importuning any other person in respect of the watching or cleaning of a motor vehicle, or for the purpose of directing any driver of a motor vehicle in respect of parking on such road or at such place, he shall be guilty of an offense.”
The report further states that violators will be fined RM2,000 (P26,000) or imprisonment up to six months. Double that when you get convicted for the second time.
We can't tell you how many times we've been tagged/sent these social media standoffs. Hopefully, people learn parking etiquette soon enough.
Do you think we need this law in the Philippines?