RFID tags no longer needed for HDB season parking

Car owners who are season-parking holders at Housing Board carparks will no longer need to display the season-parking radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag on their vehicles from next month.

Earlier this month, some season-parking holders received an SMS from the HDB notifying them that they will no longer need to display the tag from April 1.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, an HDB spokesman said yesterday that the RFID tag is no longer needed as season-parking information is now available through other modes. The spokesman said that as the Electronic Parking System has been implemented at the majority of HDB carparks, season-parking information is transmitted electronically.

Last October, the Parking.sg mobile app was launched, allowing motorists to pay for public parking fees using credit or debit cards.

With the app, enforcement officers are required to key the vehicle number into their electronic hand-held terminals to check for valid parking sessions, said the HDB spokesman.

For public carparks that do not have electronic gantries, enforcement officers can verify the validity of a vehicle's season parking through their electronic hand-held terminals, the spokesman added.

According to the HDB's website, the RFID tag does not store season-parking holders' personal information. However, it added that users "may consider cutting the RFID tag before throwing it away".

The RFID tag, which contains an embedded microchip and antenna, was introduced in 2007 for real-time updates on season parking information, including renewal, change in vehicle, and parking location. Officers would scan the tag to check if motorists have valid season parking.

The HDB spokesman said the discontinuation of the RFID tag would relieve season-parking holders of the inconvenience of replacing them when they are damaged or lost.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'RFID tags no longer needed for HDB season parking'. Print Edition | Subscribe