Reduced parking space must come with lower car numbers

The authorities are mulling over reducing parking spaces in order to discourage car ownership ("Fewer parking spaces, higher parking fees the way to go"; Monday).

Property developers will benefit from this, as they will have more constructed space to sell for profit, or higher rental gains from a smaller number of parking spaces.

The rest of us will likely see more chaos, as drivers park illegally everywhere, especially when big events are held.

It would be a farce if people work hard to afford million-dollar properties but cannot own a car because of a lack of parking spaces, even in their own backyard.

Making car owners fork out huge fees to own cars also disregards the reasons why a person owns a car - whether he has a need for it or just for convenience.

To restrict parking spaces without adjusting the number of cars on the road will result in chaos. The certificate of entitlement system can be used to control car numbers to complement the policy.

Meanwhile, the Government should concentrate on raising the standard and accessibility of public transport.

Singaporeans should be left to determine what is best for them, based on their needs, cost and benefit analysis, and their aspirations.

Liew Eng Leng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2016, with the headline 'Reduced parking space must come with lower car numbers'. Print Edition | Subscribe