LTA cannot forbid any individual or company from parking along private residential estates

It has been said that roads in private residential estates are public roads and parking is allowed along these roads, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) cannot forbid any individual or company from parking.
This is the response by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to questions filed by Mr Sitoh Yih Pin Mp for Potong Pasir SMC on whether LTA can take steps to prevent transport leasing and related businesses from indiscriminately parking their commercial vehicles in non-charging parking spaces in the vicinity of landed properties in private residential estates which is causing inconvenience to residents in these estates.
Mr Khaw noted that LTA is open to suggestions from residents on how parking schemes can be improved to minimise inconvenience to them, but once instituted, these parking schemes will have to be uniformly applied to all vehicles.
However, “It’s not fair to pay to park outside our own homes”, seems to be the opinion of most of the residents who parks on the streets outside their landed homes.
The issue over whether landed home owners should pay for parking their cars on public streets outside their houses has come up again after it was announced on June 2016 that public car park rates were set to rise from December.
In Singapore, this seems to happen in low-rise residential areas where on-street parking is not priced and where spaces are not formally marked out, cars parked along the roads, making it difficult for traffic to pass in certain areas at each place.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said it provides paid parking at private estates, only when these are near commercial businesses such as food outlets or sports facilities. It added that its policies were not static and it was open to reviewing them in areas where parking demand needs to be managed.
Both Housing & Development Board (HDB) and URA said the increase to public car park rates was to recover costs of running car parks – which have increased 40 per cent since 2002, the last time fees were raised.
Experts believe the hike also signals Singapore’s push towards a car-lite society, and to send a consistent message, private property residents should have to pay for parking too.

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