Unethical way of charging for parking

I recently drove into a building's carpark at 5.50pm. I was there for 20 minutes and was charged $5.

The first-hour charge was $2.50, and I assume the other $2.50 was from the per entry charge after 6pm.

This method of calculating parking fees seems to be adopted by all carpark operators islandwide.

By right, only $2.50 for the first hour is payable, as I parked for just 20 minutes. Additional charges should apply only after the first hour.

I hopethe Urban Redevelopment Authority will look into this unethical way of charging.

Angie Chew (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2018, with the headline 'Unethical way of charging for parking'. Print Edition | Subscribe