Higher fines for repeat parking offenders from next year
REPEAT parking offenders, watch out - under new rules to be introduced from next year, motorists who receive their second offence notice within a year will have to pay more in fines.
For example, a motorist caught parking a light vehicle along unbroken double yellow lines will be fined $110, instead of $70, if it is his second offence within 12 months.
This tiered fines system for illegal parking was announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday.
"About half of all illegal-parking traffic notices issued between 2011 and this year were committed by repeat offenders," it said.
The number of demerit points, which are meted out for more serious illegal-parking offences, will remain unchanged.
To enforce laws and deter illegal parking, closed-circuit television cameras will be installed at 40 more locations, such as along the stretch of Grange Road between Mandarin Gallery and Cineleisure, and along Rochor Road in front of Fu Lu Shou complex. Such cameras, which provide round-the-clock enforcement, have already been installed at 30 spots.
Chin Kian Keong, LTA's group director for transportation and road operations, said the authority has "observed improved traffic conditions along some stretches of roads which used to suffer from obstruction caused by indiscriminately parked vehicles, such as along Beach Road, Bishan Road and Pasir Panjang Road".
"Besides improving traffic flow for cars and other road users, our bus commuters have benefited from smoother traffic along these roads," Dr Chin added.