Lack of accessible parking spaces in Teck Whye

There is a lack of accessible parking spaces in the Teck Whye neighbourhood centre - for instance, there is only one accessible vehicle parking space at the surface carpark behind the shophouses at Block 145.

And, despite the Building and Construction Authority's Code On Accessibility In The Built Environment 2013, which calls for a building owner to allocate a certain number of accessible parking spaces in a carpark, there has been a glaring omission - there are no accessible parking spaces in the newly built multi-storey carpark at Block 146A, Teck Whye Avenue.

A wheelchair symbol is stencilled on the gantry of a multi-storey carpark at nearby Block 135A, but there are no accessible parking spaces in the carpark.

The lack and misuse of accessible parking spaces make life very difficult for wheelchair users and ruin many journeys.

With an ageing population, it is likely that the number of people who require accessible parking will increase.

Accessible parking spaces should be made available at these multi-storey carparks to ensure that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, and fully participate in the community.

Loong Chik Tong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2018, with the headline 'Lack of accessible parking spaces in Teck Whye'. Print Edition | Subscribe