Parking warden obstructing traffic was carrying out enforcement action: HDB

A viral Facebook post shows a photo of a motorcycle parked in the centre of the road in Tiong Bahru, allegedly by a parking warden.
A viral Facebook post shows a photo of a motorcycle parked in the centre of the road in Tiong Bahru, allegedly by a parking warden.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ZACHARY LEE

SINGAPORE - The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has given its side of the story on a viral Facebook post concerning a parking warden who allegedly parked his motorcycle in the centre of the road in Tiong Bahru.

"In this case, the parking enforcement officer had parked his motorbike next to an illegally parked car so he could carry out enforcement action," HDB said on its Facebook page.

"The video circulating online showed the events that occurred after the driver had driven off, giving the impression that the enforcement officer's bike was parked in the middle of the road."

HDB, however, acknowledged that in such a situation, the officer should have moved his motorcycle away immediately after advising the illegally parked cars to move, to avoid obstructing traffic.

Mr Zachary Lee had said on Facebook that he saw a parking warden, whom he thought was from the Land Transport Authority, park his motorcycle in the middle of Seng Poh Road on Tuesday (Aug 30) morning.

"Instead of carrying out 'his duty', his act caused a jam at this single-lane road, large vehicles faced difficulties passing through as well," Mr Lee wrote.

The stall vendors at Tiong Bahru Market were asking the warden to move his vehicle, but he responded in a rude and threatening manner, Mr Lee claimed.

The warden is not from LTA, but a staff of HDB's appointed carpark operator, HDB clarified on Wednesday.

HDB said that regular enforcement checks have been carried out as they have received feedback about illegal parking along Seng Poh Road.

It added: "We apologise for the inconvenience caused arising from this incident and have asked the car park operator to improve their enforcement process."