This is a story of how two policies, implemented independently, have created unforeseen ripples in society. Firstly, COE quotas have slowly increased, as the government tries to satisfy the Singapore dream of owning a car. Secondly, the rules stipulating the provision of parking lots by property developers were relaxed (under the RCPS in 2005).

Together, they have given rise to an increasing incidence of parking disputes, not just between the condo MCST and residents, but even amongst residents themselves. The once peaceful ambience of exclusive private properties has been rent by the shrill cries of foul play, or pay, as it were.

Now, the issue of resident parking lots has been debated to death already, and the general consensus is heading towards making residents pay for any extra lots they require. What constitutes a reasonable amount to charge for extra lots is still open to debate, however, and will definitely vary by situation. Communication between the MCST and residents is crucial, as is active participation in the decision-making process by the residents themselves.

But what I wish to talk about is somewhat related, albeit from a visitor’s point of view. With residents already facing such issues, visitors will have even bigger problems. Yet, it is just as important for legitimate visitors’ needs to be taken care of. We no longer live in large extended families, so making it as convenient as possible to visit relatives and friends is crucial for maintaining our social fabric.

It is perhaps time to review and update the building guidelines for developers, not just to account for increased car ownership, but also to cater for differing household sizes. But what about existing developments?

Condominium rules have become increasingly draconian when it comes to visitors. While I can understand why most MCSTs feel pressured to do it by unruly residents and visitors, some measures just reek of bad, or even lazy, management taking the easy way out.

Restricted visitor parking hours can be extremely disruptive for relatives over for a short homestay. Worse, some developments have totally removed visitor lots, forcing visitors to park illegally or walk long distances.

These draconian, one-size-fits-all rules simply do not serve the residents in the long run, even though they may initially seem to curb abuse of parking privileges. With proper planning and consideration, the same can be done without unnecessary inconvenience to guests and visitors.

But it has to be properly tailored for each and every development. Effective communication is also key, so that all residents don’t just know the rules, but also the reasons behind them.

Stacked Parking

Mechanised parking such as this can almost double the number of lots available

Many tools and soIutions are available to mitigate the shortage. Nominal visitor parking charges to deter freeloaders, mechanised lots to increase land usage, or simply just better organised security. It’s time to take a stand, and let your MCST or Residents’ Committee know that you demand better!

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