Balancing parking needs and traffic flow in private estates

Media Replies 20 Feb 2012

We refer to Mr Song Koon Poh’s letter, "Illegal parking a chronic problem" (ST Interactive, 13 February 2012).

While the Land Transport Authority (LTA) regularly enforces against illegal parking or stopping along expressways and major arterial roads, we manage the enforcement in private residential estates taking into account the needs of its many users.

Public roads in private residential estates serve its residents, community service providers and visitors to the estate, so parking needs will vary among different private estates. Where the situation is complex, we would consult the Neighbourhood Committee, grassroots and residents when working out the parking restriction arrangement. For example, residents and visitors to an estate may be allowed to park along the roads if they do not pose a safety hazard, obstruct traffic or block access, and if the community at large accepts such an arrangement.

We seek the understanding of residents that the issue of parking in private estates is a complex one, especially as more households own more than one car. We will continue to work closely with the residents in each community to strike an appropriate balance between providing for parking needs and ensuring smooth traffic flow. Where there is indiscriminate parking, we will take enforcement action against these vehicles.

We thank Mr Song for his feedback.

Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations & Public Education
Land Transport Authority

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