What readers are talking about this week

A gantry at the entrance to a carpark at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. The automated fee system for this carpark is not yet in operation, but NParks is rolling it out at 18 carparks in 12 parks starting from this month.
A gantry at the entrance to a carpark at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. The automated fee system for this carpark is not yet in operation, but NParks is rolling it out at 18 carparks in 12 parks starting from this month.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

This week's hot topic was about charged parking at Singapore's parks - the National Parks Board had implemented it at 18 carparks in 12 parks. Many readers wrote in, culminating in a reply from NParks that it started doing so since the beginning of the month to regulate usage and prevent abuse.

Mr Bernard Kan feels that NParks is not just penalising those who abuse the free parking at the parks, but genuine park users as well. Many, like Mr Steven Ng, want NParks to offer free parking for a specified period of time, say, from 5am to 9pm, while others said parking should be free for the first two hours.

Even Mr Ian Morris, who says NParks is doing the right thing as there has indeed been errant motorists who take advantage of free parking at others' expense, says there should be different charges for different times of the day.

Here are some of the letters:

Don’t penalise park users over non-users’ abuse

Adopt tiered parking fee structure

NParks did the right thing

Charged parking at parks to regulate usage, prevent abuse

Impose carpark fee at parks only during peak hours

Increase carparks' capacity at parks

Read more Forum letters here