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Paid parking sends strong signal to private home owners

Paid parking in landed residential estates is long overdue and should be introduced as soon as possible ("Introduce paid parking to private estates?"; last Sunday).

This will send a strong message to car owners that the estate roads are public property and do not belong to them.

Often, owners put chairs or other objects on the road beside their homes to reserve the space. Some even place nasty warning notices on the windscreens of cars which are parked in that space.

Disputes are not uncommon when neighbours park their cars in front of another house.

Paid parking should dampen residents' urge to own more than one car.

It will also nudge them to park in their own garages, freeing up the road for a smoother drive.

Gan Kok Tiong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 24, 2016, with the headline 'Paid parking sends strong signal to private home owners'. Print Edition | Subscribe