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Old 16th February 2011, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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One bike coupon = all-day parking?


Above: Programme consultant Karmede Salim, 24, holding up a parking coupon for motorcycles. Mr Karmede, who has been riding a motorcycle for 6 years, was unaware that it was an offence to use the same parking coupon at multiple locations.

No, says HDB. Bikers surprised to learn coupon applies only to each carpark.

By Desmond Ng
Tue, Feb 15, 2011
The New Paper


USING the same 65-cent parking coupon, motorcyclist Osman Esak could park in different HDB and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) carparks throughout the day without incurring extra cost.

The civil servant's job requires him to visit several places each day.

But with the introduction of the Electronic Parking System (EPS) at more HDB and URA carparks, Mr Osman said that he is charged 65 cents each time he enters a different carpark.

Though this still covers parking from 7am to 10.30pm or 10.30pm to 7am, it applies only to one carpark.

Mr Osman, who has been riding for 20 years, said he pays about $100 more now in parking fees a month because there are more EPS carparks around, compared to before. Previously, his parking expenses came to about $65 a month.

Mr Osman said: "My job requires me to travel from one place to another, and I may need to park at several locations at different times each day.

"So why do I (and other motorcyclists) have to pay more now? In the past, I needed only one coupon a day," he said.

Mr Osman said he can claim the additional parking expenses from his company, but often doesn't do so because it's too much of a hassle.

He's suggesting that the EPS detect and charge each in-vehicle unit or cashcard only once, irrespective of how many carparks a motorcyclist enters for the day.

This would also deter motorcyclists from illegally parking their motorcycles along the pavement. But HDB clarified that motorcyclists have always been required to make separate payments at different carparks - a little-known rule to some motorcyclists we spoke to.

This rule was also vague on HDB's website, which states: "With this coupon (65 cents), you are entitled to park in HDB/URA coupon parking places from 7am to 10.30pm or 10.30pm to 7am, depending on the duration you wish to park your motorcycle."

Programme consultant Karmede Salim, 24, was surprised when The New Paper told him that it was an offence to use the same parking coupon at multiple locations.

Said the motorcyclist: "I've been doing this for the last six years and I've never been fined before. I didn't even know I had to use different coupons for different places."

He usually only commutes from home to office, so he's largely unaffected by the EPS charges.


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Other motorcyclists we spoke to also complained that motorists pay 50 cents per half hour but motorcyclists are charged on a per-entry basis, at 65 cents.

Retail assistant Lawrence Koh, 23, said: "It's an unfair system. A motorcyclist who parks for 30 minutes pays 65 cents while a car owner pays 50 cents for the same period of time.

"That doesn't make sense at all. We occupy less space and our vehicles are cheaper."

With this feedback, HDB said it will review the charging system with other authorities to better meet the needs of motorcyclists. It did not give details about the review.

HDB didn't address The New Paper's questions on how it enforced the "different coupons for different carparks" rule in the past and how many summons were issued to motorcyclists who flouted it.

The EPS, first implemented in 2005, can now be found at 163 out of the 1,819 carparks the HDB manages as of December last year.

The HDB spokesman said: "We will continue to implement EPS at more carparks whenever it is cost-effective and practical to do so.

"HDB has plans to implement EPS in 300 carparks over the next three years to better manage the parking demand."

Source: http://www.asiaone.com/Motoring/News...15-263595.html

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Re: One bike coupon = all-day parking?

I think it's just an excuse to cover up for their inadequacies in technology. Problem is the carparks are all not linked, so it is not possible to tell whether the person has paid at another location or not. Easy solution is to pay at every location. Then make a new rule about the coupon thing.

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Re: One bike coupon = all-day parking?

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HDB didn't address The New Paper's questions on how it enforced the "different coupons for different carparks" rule in the past and how many summons were issued to motorcyclists who flouted it.
My favourite part of the whole article..

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My favourite part of the whole article..
Government implement stupid laws without knowing how to enforce it.

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Government implement stupid laws without knowing how to enforce it.
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Re: One bike coupon = all-day parking?

Why are the motorists complaining for an average parking of about 100 a mth?

Typically, car owners pay about 300 a mth in parking on average. That's 3 times more. On top of the massive COE prices and much more attributed with owning a larger vehicle.

I won't be complaining. The more u complain, the more they screw everyone over. That's how our govt works.

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