Can able-bodied drivers park briefly in disability space?

Reader Alan Lim asked if able-bodied drivers could park briefly in a disability parking space if they were ferrying old or young passengers. Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan answers.

The short answer is "no", unless the passengers have disabilities.

In that case, the driver should apply for a Class 2 parking label, intended for the caregivers of people with disabilities.

Caregivers with this label are allowed to occupy the designated parking spaces for up to an hour, to allow them to pick up or drop off a person with disabilities.

Otherwise, it is an offence to park in such a space.

Fines for first-time offenders were quadrupled from $50 to $200 in December 2015.

Able-bodied drivers who do not have passengers with disabilities cannot park their vehicles in a disability space. ST FILE PHOTO

Parking is ample in Singapore. There is no reason to occupy a space designated for people with disabilities - even briefly.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2017, with the headline 'Can able-bodied drivers park briefly in disability space?'. Print Edition | Subscribe