• Published Date: 05 Apr 2019

    HDB's Reply

     

    HDB carparks designed to serve residents' needs
    Date: 5 Apr 2019

     

    We thank Mr Ho Yew Kee (Reserve higher floors in multi-storey carpark for season parking, March 26), Mr Tan Kay Khoo (No compelling reason to reserve lower floors for season parking, March 28), Mr Tan Lam Seng (Have white and red parking spaces on all floors of multi-storey carparks, April 2) and Ms Lee Kiat Chin (Season-parking holders help pay for upkeep of carparks, April 2) for their feedback. 

    Carparks at Housing Board estates are provided primarily to cater to the daily parking needs of HDB residents. 

    For the convenience of residents, season parking spaces are mainly located on the lower floors of multi-storey carparks. Visitors can also park their vehicles in the red-with-white spaces. 

    While these spaces are generally reserved for season-parking holders from 7pm to 7am from Mondays to Saturdays, and for the whole day on Sundays and public holidays, visitors can park in these spaces outside of these timings. 

    Marie Lim Puay See (Ms) 
    Director (Car Parks) 
    Housing & Development Board 

     

     

    Letters to The Straits Times

     

    Have white and red parking spaces on all floors of multi-storey carparks
    Date: 2 Apr 2019

    From: Tan Lam Seng

     

    I am heartened by the recent letters by Mr Ho Yew Kee (Reserve higher floors in multi-storey carpark for season parking, March 26) and Mr Tan Kay Khoo (No compelling reason to reserve lower floors for season parking, March 28), on the parking allocation for season parking and its environmental impact. 

    I am sure many drivers in Singapore have been frustrated by having to drive past rows and rows of empty red parking spaces while going up a multi-storey carpark in a public housing estate to park at a white space at the higher levels. 

    This very often happens in the late mornings and afternoons, when most season-parking holders are out. 

    The amount of carbon dioxide produced is substantial if one thinks about the energy required to move a heavy object like a vehicle up many storeys, and that this action happens many times every day in carparks all over Singapore. 

    It is understandable, however, that season-parking holders will not be happy if they do not have access to the lower levels. 

    I suggest a balanced approach that considers the interests of both season-parking and hourly parking drivers. 

    At every carpark level, there can be 50 per cent red spaces and 50 per cent white ones. 

    This can be varied according to the number of season-parking subscriptions in a multi-storey carpark. 

    For example, if there is an 80 per cent take-up rate of season parking in a particular carpark, then every level of that carpark can have approximately 80 per cent red parking spaces and 20 per cent white spaces. 

    For this system to work, season-parking holders cannot park in a white space in their designated carparks, just like an hourly parking car cannot park in a red space. 

    Otherwise, all the parking spaces, both red and white, at the lower levels might be taken up by season-parking holders and there will be many empty red spaces on the higher floors that cannot be used by hourly parking drivers. 

    The existing scheme of allowing parking in certain red spaces from 7am to 7pm should still be kept, to maximise the number of parking spaces during the daytime. 

    Season-parking holders must remember that they are also hourly parking drivers whenever they park their cars in other carparks, so a give-and-take mentality is needed. This is fairer to both groups of drivers. 

     

     

    Season-parking holders help pay for upkeep of carparks
    Date: 2 Apr 2019

    From: Lee Kiat Chin (Ms)

     

    I read with disappointment that Mr Tan Kay Khoo would use environment issues as a reason for removing lower-floor parking priority for season-parking motorists (No compelling reason to reserve lower floors for season parking, March 28). 

    The Housing Board designs and sells a housing cluster that comes with amenities such as playgrounds, landscaping, shops and carparks. 

    When a person buys an HDB unit, he is paying for these amenities as a package too. 

    Residents pay town council fees, which go towards maintaining the cleanliness of the carpark. 

    Season-parking residents also collectively pay for the upkeep of the carparks. 

    Hence, they deserve this priority. 

     

     

    No compelling reason to reserve lower floors for season parking
    Date: 28 Mar 2019

    From: Tan Kay Khoo

     

    With environmental protection gaining traction, I hope the authorities will seriously consider Mr Ho Yew Kee's suggestion to reserve higher floors in multi-storey carparks in public housing estates for season parking (Reserve higher floors in multi-storey carpark for season parking, March 26). 

    Many years ago, I wrote to the authorities to suggest this, but received feedback that it was the residents' requests to have reserved season parking spaces. I spoke to an MP, who replied that it was a very sensitive issue to raise with his residents. So this will have to be initiated at a national level. 

    Other than creating unnecessary air pollution by forcing hourly-parking drivers to drive up to higher levels of multi-storey carparks, while many lower-level spaces are vacant, there are other reasons to abolish this practice. 

    First, season parking is already discounted relative to hourly parking, yet gives extra privileges. Second, HDB residents may visit other HDB estates too, and thus the net effect is neutral. Third, the cost of building multi-storey carparks in public housing estates is subsidised by the public and so public users should not be discriminated against. Fourth, many multi-storey carparks now have lifts installed for the convenience of residents. 

    So while some lower-level parking spaces can be reserved for season parking for the mobility-challenged, there are no compelling reasons to reserve all of the lower-level spaces for season parking. Let us move towards a more gracious society for all. 

     

     

    Reserve higher floors in multi-storey carpark for season parking
    Date: 26 Mar 2019

    From: Ho Yew Kee

     

    Singapore has been making an effort to educate the population about the importance of sustainability, going green and being environmentally friendly. With this in mind, we should take a second look at entrenched practices which may be harming the environment. 

    Take, for example, the practice of reserving the lower floors of multi-storey carparks in public housing estates for season parking, with hourly parking only on the higher floors. Hourly-parked cars tend to have a higher turnover than season-parking vehicles. So, if hourly-parking spaces were on the lower floors instead, there would logically be fewer pollutants discharged by cars. 

    Why should we give season-parking holders the convenience and then have other motorists pollute the environment? 

    We may be surprised to find how much we can reduce pollutants and save fuel by just moving the hourly-parking spaces to lower floors. 

    I encourage individuals, institutions and government agencies to take another look at basic practices in daily life such as this, where a small change can go a long way in saving the environment.