Residential developments are currently required to provide at least one parking space for cars per unit, under the Code of Practice for Vehicle Parking Provision in Development Proposals.
However, there is no such requirement for motorcycles, resulting in some new estates having no parking spaces for motorcycles.
Where should a motorcycle owner park his vehicle in this case?
Some owners demand that the management council resolve the issue.
But, converting parking spaces for cars into parking spaces for motorcycles would mean going against the code of practice, as many estates provide only the minimum number of parking spaces and have no additional spaces to convert.
Some motorcycle owners park in the spaces meant for cars. But if the management council allows this, it would mean going against the Parking Places Act, which states that no person shall park any vehicle in any parking place which is not specially designated for the use of that class of vehicle.
As the Government pushes people to go car-lite, more people may turn to motorcycles in future.
I hope the authorities can make it mandatory for estates to provide motorcycle parking spaces.
All sales materials for the development must also state the numbers of car and motorcycle parking spaces available.
Lastly, if an estate has no provision for motorcycle parking spaces, the council should be allowed to ban motorcycles from entering, except for those making deliveries.
Leong Kok Seng