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Where Does My Car Go?

Wong Shu Lee  


  December 04, 2021

Recently, a friend of mine couldn’t find her car after she finished a job interview. At first, she thought that her car was stolen, but she found out later that her car was being towed by the local authorities. 


In this article, we will share the steps to claim back your towed vehicles if you are facing the same situation. 


First, no one plans or expects to have their car towed and impounded. Here, you will learn what to do if your car gets towed. 


Why Was My Car Towed?


Your car can be towed or impounded because of several reasons. Usually, your vehicle can be towed if you:


  • Park illegally: parking illegally can mean your vehicle is blocking a fire hydrant, a handicapped sport, or parked on an ambulance loading zone
  • Parked in a way that obstructs traffic
  • Parked in an area marked “Tow Zone”
  • If you have accumulated unpaid parking tickets
  • Have a driver’s license violation, such as an unlicensed driver or suspended license
  • Driving with an expired car registration over a specified period
  • Abandon your car, for instance, if your car breaks down and you don’t move it for a while, usually after 72 hours
  • Besides traffic violations, your car can be towed because of criminal violence or other reasons that police can find reasonable to tow your vehicle.


What To Do If Your Car Is Towed


The first thing one should do is to determine what has happened to your car or vehicle. It could either be stolen or could be towed away by the local authorities people, say the MBSJ.


The next thing you should do is to go to the nearest police station. The police would be able to contact the local authorities to ascertain if your vehicle has been towed away by them or otherwise. 


The police will then be informed by the local authority concerned, where you can retrieve your vehicle. Normally, your car or vehicle would have been detained at the H.Q of the MBPJ or local council. You will then have to go to the above place mentioned. 


Things are easier if you are in the compound of Kuala Lumpur because the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) allows the public to check the status of their towed vehicles through WhatsApp, Telegram, and SMS. By sending the vehicle registration number to 013 666 3255 either through WhatsApp, Telegram or SMS, vehicle owners will receive the information of the location of their towed vehicles and the compound fine they have to pay


Besides that, you will most certainly be issued with a summons. In most cases, the wheel of your vehicle will be chained up. 


By setting your fine or summons, you will then be permitted to get back your vehicle. To get back your vehicle, you have to prove ownership. So do bring your Registration Card.


How To Avoid Your Car Being Towed? 


You as a driver may disagree with the idea of your vehicle being towed away. To you, it may seem to be a hassle. You may feel the local authority shouldn’t have resorted to such actions.


But, have a thought for the local authorities' actions. Parking in large cities like Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya is a major headache. Unless the local authorities resort to such drastic actions, believe me, there will be a major problem on their hands.


So the next time you are looking for a place to park your vehicle, do ponder a bit. Ask yourself, could my car be towed away if I should park there? Think about the hassle you would have to go through should it be towed away by the MBPJ or DBKL. 


Therefore, let’s be more mindful of where you park your vehicle. Always depart earlier so you have ample time to look for a safe and legal parking spot that wouldn’t get you into trouble. If the location that you’re going to is really hard to find parking, let’s consider using an e-hailing service instead. 


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