Since 2006, all new public housing projects have been designed with Universal Design features from the onset, in accordance with Building and Construction Authority guidelines ("Not enough carpark spaces for handicapped drivers" by Mr Rithu Patke; Forum Online, Dec 5).
This means they are inherently accessible to a wide spectrum of people - the old, and those with and without disabilities.
Included are handicapped parking lots and ramps to facilitate easier movement.
Motorists are reminded to park at the appropriate parking lots, so as not to deprive those in need of the handicapped lots.
Also, HDB takes enforcement action against unauthorised parking in these reserved lots.
Motorists who flout the rules will be fined $200.
Recalcitrant offenders may also be charged in court.
Eng Soh Seng
Director (Car Parks Department)
Housing & Development Board