Impose fee for parking along public roads in private estates

The subject of private property owners parking their cars along public roads in their estate is a sensitive one.

It is common to see residents blocking off road space using rubbish bins or potted plants. They do not allow other drivers to park there, and even verbally abuse them.

I have seen big vehicles such as rubbish trucks having difficulty manoeuvring because of inconsiderate parking along the road. Emergency services, like fire engines or ambulances, would also be impeded.

While the authorities exercise flexibility and allow residents to park along such roads, residents should realise that they do not own the roads and are not exempt from parking laws.

They should conform to basic road discipline, like refraining from parking at road junctions, footpaths, bends and on both sides of the road.

It may be a good idea for the authorities to demarcate a fixed area for parking, perhaps along only one side of the road, to control parking activity.

Residents who have more than one car and wish to park on the public roads should be made to pay for parking, just like in HDB estates.

However, like at HDB carparks, parking can be free on Sundays and public holidays.

Donny Ho Boon Tiong