Lorry drivers in Butterworth continue to leave a mess while travelling in and out of construction sites and quarries despite being slapped with fines.
Seberang Prai Municipal (MPSP) councillor Soon Lip Chee said that between January and December 15 last year, a total of 640 recalcitrant lorry drivers were fined.
He said the council had issued similar summonses to 547 drivers in 2009 and 378 drivers in 2008.
Under Section 46 (1) of the council’s Street, Drainage and Building by-law 1974, lorry drivers who caused pollution would be fined RM500.
Soon said the council constantly reminds developers to provide facilities for lorry drivers to wash tyres.
“Sadly, many still continue to ignore the advice and end up facing the consequences,” he said in an interview yesterday.
He said those who settled their summonses between 14 days and 28 days from the date of issuance only needed to pay RM400 while those who made payment after 23 days would be charged the full amount of RM500.
“First-time offenders who pay their fines within 14 days need pay RM300 only.
“Apart from acting on public complaints, the council’s enforcement team also conducts regular checks on construction sites and quarries to observe if lorry drivers are complying with the tyre-cleaning regulation.
“The lorry tyres have to be thoroughly washed before leaving the construction sites,” he said.
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