HDB decides which carparks have 10 minutes’ grace?

Straits Times Forum

Apr 23, 2012

Measures in place to help season parking motorists enter carparks

THE majority of our carparks with the electronic parking system allow cars to enter even when the carpark is full (‘Electronic parking’ by Mr Leong Sze Hian; April 14). A signboard at the gantry will state that it is full, and request motorists to leave the carpark within the 10-minute grace period.

n a small number of carparks, entry is disallowed when the carpark is full. Such carparks are usually located near amenities such as hawker centres in neighbourhood or town centres. Motorists tend to park indiscriminately within these carparks and wait for parking spaces, even when they are full. This causes congestion and inconveniences other motorists within the carpark.

We understand the need for season parking ticket holders to gain smooth entry into carparks. Hence, we have implemented several measures to enable them to do so, where site conditions permit. For instance, at some carparks, we have constructed an added dedicated lane for season parking ticket holders. For carparks with more than one set of entry and exit points, we will also consider converting one of the entry points for dedicated use by season parking motorists.

When the carpark is full, we appeal to motorists to park at nearby carparks so as not to cause congestion along the roads.

Chua Peng Kok

Acting Deputy Director, Car Parks

Housing & Development Board

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.