Municipal on a mission to rid BSB of abandoned vehicles

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department is currently in the process of towing away cars that have been abandoned in and around the capital.

There are currently 15 abandoned vehicles in the area under the jurisdiction of the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department.

Adi Syahroni Abd Hadi, Head of Legal Enforcement Unit, Municipal Department said this in an interview with the media at the sideline of the ‘Kempen Kebersihan Ibu kota’ (Capital Cleaning Campaign) in conjunction with the 44th anniversary of the renaming of the capital from Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan.

The Municipal Department, Bandar Seri Begawan will continue to monitor the situation and enforce the law, she said.

As of July 2014, the department has issued letters and notices to the owners of 201 vehicles to reclaim their vehicles.

The Enforcement Unit have their own procedure in dealing with abandoned vehicles.

Warning letters will be send to the owners of the abandoned vehicles and after two weeks, a notice will be published in Pelita Brunei (Pelita Brunei is the official government newspaper). Failure to remove their vehicles (from the non-designated area) will be towed with the cooperation of the Royal Brunei Police Force, she said.

Under the Brunei Law, Chapter 68 of Road Traffic, police have the rights to remove vehicles from roads.

“If any vehicle so detained has not been claimed by the owner within three months from the date of detention, the competent authority may after due notice in the Gazette and after giving not less than one month’s notice in writing to the owner (if the name and address of such person is known to the authority) sell by public auction or otherwise dispose of such vehicle.”

She added some of the owners of these abandoned vehicles had come forward to remove their cars, while some of the vehicles have been towed by the police.

Adi said there were several reasons why car owners abandoned their vehicles.

Some of the cars belonged to foreign workers (working in Brunei). When they went back to their country, they left their cars here. There were also those who send the vehicles for repairs, and they may decide to leave their car because of the high cost of repairs. In some cases, some owners just want somewhere dispose of an old broken car, she said.

The Brunei Times