Ban reverse parking in front of eateries, shops

Cars parked in front of a row of shophouses along Upper Thomson Road. The reverse-parked cars blast exhaust fumes into eateries and shops, and into the faces of patrons there, says a letter writer.
Cars parked in front of a row of shophouses along Upper Thomson Road. The reverse-parked cars blast exhaust fumes into eateries and shops, and into the faces of patrons there, says a letter writer.ST FILE PHOTO

In the photo accompanying the story on Tuesday ("URA bans new eateries in 3 areas due to parking woes"), cars in front of the row of eateries in Upper Thomson Road were reverse parked, with their rears facing the restaurants.

In Australia and the United States, such parking is prohibited by law.

Where there are eateries and shops, only forward parking is allowed.

The laws there provide for a fine for reverse parking in front of eateries and shops.

Reverse-parked cars emit exhaust fumes into the eateries, and when motorists drive off, another round of exhaust emission is blasted into the eateries and into the faces of people having their meals there.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Land Transport Authority should work together to correct this parking anomaly which has been long overlooked.

For the sake of cleaner air for customers at eateries, I hope something can be done.

Ronnie Lim Ah Bee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2016, with the headline 'Ban reverse parking in front of eateries, shops'. Print Edition | Subscribe