| James Kon |
THE Acting Minister of Home Affairs yesterday voiced concern over the irresponsible behaviour of individuals who abandon vehicles at commercial locations, as he called on the BSB Municipal Board to work with the Royal Brunei Police Force to stop this from happening.
Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof made the call while observing the BSB Cleaning Campaign in the capital, during which an abandoned vehicle was towed away by the Royal Brunei Police Force.
Speaking to the Bulletin, the Acting Minister said, “This is a very serious problem. The BSB Municipal Board will have to work with the Royal Brunei Police Force to solve the problem.”
Four vehicles abandoned in the Menglait commercial area were towed to the police impound and owners will need to settle a $500 fine to get their vehicles back. If after three months no response is received from the owner, the vehicle will be auctioned off.
The Head of the Law Enforcement Division of BSB Municipal Board, Adi Syohreni Abd Hadi, in a separate interview revealed that “From 2012, there have been 201 vehicles towed away or collected by their owners. Another 15 to 23 vehicles are in the process of being towed away.”
Up until November this year, the Law Enforcement Division has recorded a total of 454 abandoned vehicles in areas under its jurisdiction. The owners of the vehicles are given ample time before a vehicle is towed away, she explained.
Some of the reasons behind vehicle abandonment include owners being unable to afford the cost of repair and foreign workers leaving the vehicle behind after exiting the country.
Warning notices will be sent to the vehicle owner two weeks prior and the vehicle’s registration number will be advertised three times a week in Pelita Brunei.