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Parking fines and rules in Singapore



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When it comes to parking, one of the difficulties most drivers face is finding a parking space. This is especially so in a congested country like Singapore. Some drivers use this as an excuse to park in an illegal area. But as we all know, that comes at a price.

In Singapore, there are stipulated parking spaces for cars and you can only park your car in these areas. Parking in unauthorised spaces may get you penalised.

In case you are wondering what exactly constitutes parking, it refers to stopping a vehicle other than to immediately pick up and drop off passengers, goods or luggage. Even if the driver is in the waiting vehicle or the engine is running, the vehicle can be considered to be parked.

Illegal parking

According to a Housing Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) report there are around 260,800 notices issued each year for illegal parking.

These included cases where motorists parked their cars in motorcycle or heavy vehicle parking lots, as well as cases where non-season ticket holders parked their cars at season parking lots. Other instances of illegal parking are parking within 3 metres of either side of a fire hydrant, parking within 6 metres of a junction or road intersection, parking within 9 metres of the tip of a bus bay or bus stop box, parking and stopping at taxi stands (orange sign) and taxi stops (yellow sign).

Penalties for illegal parking offences include fines and demerit points.

To deter motorists from parking illegally, fines have been increased. Motorcyclists who park in illegal spaces will incur a fine of $35, an increase of $10 while errant car drivers will have their fines raised by $20 to $70.

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More severe measures are in place to deal with motorists who do not pay their fines.

If you receive a notice for illegal parking, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) may offer you the opportunity to settle the notice by paying a fine. If you do not pay the fine by the first deadline, it will increase the fine by $20. If you still do not make the payment, you will need to go to Court and pay an even higher fine.

Those who receive two or more illegal parking notices within 12 months will be considered repeat offenders. Repeat offenders have to pay a higher fine, which can be up to 60% more.

If your car is caught for an offence that carries demerit points, you need to provide the driver’s particulars when you receive the notice.

Parking fines

Offence
Cars
Heavy
Vehicles
Motorcycles
Illegal Parking Offences
Illegal Parking offences
$70
$100
$35
Coupon & Digital Parking Offences
Parking without displaying valid coupon(s) and no digital parking session
$40
$50
$8
Not displaying coupon(s) in a clear and visible manner
Displaying 2 or more coupons with time gaps in between them
$40
$50
N.A
Displaying a carpark coupon with time of commencement indicated ahead of actual time of parking
Over-parking for 30 minutes or less
$8
$16
$4
Over-parking for 31 minutes to 1 hour
$12
$24
$4
Over-parking for more than 1 hour
$24
$48
$4
Payment Evasion At EPS Car Parks
(repeat offenders may be charged in court)
Tailgating at EPS exit gantry to avoid payment
$70
$100
$35
Entering and exiting car park not using the designated entrance and exit, (e.g. through walkway) to avoid payment
 

CCTV monitoring

The Land Transport Authority has installed closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) to deter illegal parking at hotspots. These CCTV zones have lamp posts and sign posts with a bright orange vertical strip.

There are also “No Waiting” signs at passenger pick-up points where CCTV cameras are installed. These signs are to remind motorists that they are not allowed to wait at these locations other than to immediately pick up and drop off passengers.

The public too is encouraged to do its bit and call a hotline on 1800-338-6622 to report any parking offences. Find out more.

Real-time parking

If you’ve been parking illegally because you can’t find a parking lot, you no longer need to spout that as your excuse. The Parking Guidance System is a tool that gives you real-time information on parking lot availability. This is a convenient and hassle-free method to help you to locate a lot.

How to pay for parking

Drivers who use carparks that don’t have the Electronic pricing system (EPS) should make use of parking coupons, the Parking.sg app or the OneService app to pay their parking charges.

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You can pay for parking at all coupon parking carparks by using the Parking.sg app on your mobile phone.

Parking coupons

If you don’t use the parking app for coupon parking, you must display a parking coupon for the duration of your parking.

Stored-value cards for gantry car parks

For gantry carparks, you must pay with a NETS CashCard stored-value card. For CEPAS EPS car parks, you have the option of using EZ-link CEPAS and NETS FlashPay cards.

And just to remind you, those who evade parking charges by tailgating others or bypassing carpark gantries will have to pay a fine of $100 for cars and motorcyclists will have to pay $35.

Meanwhile, check out our list of carparks to steer clear of if you want to avoid parking rage!

And find out here how technology is transforming Singapore’s parking schemes.

Finally, here’s our comprehensive list of free or cheap carparks for cars and motorcycles.

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