22 public carparks to convert from coupon-based parking to an electronic system

Twenty-two public carparks across the island, run by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), will soon be converted from coupon-based parking to an automated payment system.

They include popular carparks in the Kampong Glam area, in Baghdad Street, Pahang Street and Sultan Gate/Aliwal Street.

Eight carparks in Geylang, four in the Little India area, two in Joo Chiat and two in Tanjong Katong will also go under the Electronic Parking System (EPS).

Rounding off the list will be other off-street carparks in Queen Street, Lorong Mydin in Kembangan and Minbu Road in Balestier.

A tender was called last year by the URA for an operator to implement the EPS at these carparks by the third quarter of this year.

A URA spokesman said the electronic system will offer greater convenience for motorists. A hundred of its carparks will be run electronically by the end of this year, he added.

Motorists interviewed said they welcome the move to an electronic system. Mr Ismail Shariff, who is in his 50s and a vice-president in human resources, said the EPS is better as people using coupons tend to litter when they "punch out" the date and time tabs.

"Also, when you use coupons, you have to estimate how long you will spend in one place, and sometimes you might overstay when you get carried away chatting to friends," he added.

More than 130 carparks managed by the URA are suitable for the implementation of an automated parking system. Already, 30 of them are using the EPS, and by the end of this year another 100, or 76 per cent, will be automated.

The URA also manages street-side parking, but said these sites are not suitable for the EPS.

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