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'Improvements' to illegal parking situation at Tiong Bahru: Indranee

There "has been some improvements" to the illegal parking situation in Tiong Bahru estate, said MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Indranee Rajah on Sunday (July 27).

SINGAPORE: There "has been some improvements" to the illegal parking situation in Tiong Bahru estate, said MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Indranee Rajah on Sunday (July 27).

Earlier this year, residents took to the streets to remind motorists to be considerate and park legally. It was as part of a campaign called "Is this your Grandfather's Road?" organised by Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC) and Seng Poh Residents' Committee (RC).

They also distributed pamphlets to let motorists know of alternative places they can park.

"Well, I think there has been a lot more awareness of the parking situation, though on weekends there is still an illegal parking problem,” said Ms Indranee, who is also Senior Minister of State for Law and Education.

She added: “It is an ongoing education battle. There have been some improvements - I think that the handicap alighting area has been sorted out. So at least for those who are disabled, it's a lot easier for them to get down. 

"Some have been a bit more conscientious but it is one of those things where you have to keep on plugging at because there will always be somebody who hasn't heard of the campaign and will park illegally anyway.”

To further improve the situation, Ms Indranee said installing cameras "may be helpful".

She said: "It seems to me that there has to be two things. One is how do we get information to motorists of where the parking lots are. I have asked HDB to look into this. I'm not sure whether if it's possible to do something like an app or something where indication of where the empty lots are. But I have asked them to look into whether it is possible to have some kind of system where motorists can find out where the lots are.

“And the second, unfortunately it must still be accompanied by enforcement. Because if you don't have the enforcement aspect, people will feel that they can park illegally without any disincentive. LTA is studying this, cameras may be helpful. But it is a question of where do you put them. So I have asked LTA if they can look into this as well."

The campaign also explores the estate's historical background, as every road in Tiong Bahru is named after a pioneer of Singapore. For example, Kim Cheng Street is named after Tan Kim Cheng, the eldest son of Tan Tock Seng.

"Yes, this is my great, great, great grandfather's road. "It reminds me of him and he is such a powerful person in my memory," said Tan Hsien Chuang, great, great, great grandson of Tan Kim Cheng.

Ms Indranee unveiled two storyboards depicting descendants of Tan Tock Seng. One is on Tan Kim Cheng and the other is on Tan Chay Yan, grandson of Tan Tock Seng. Sixty-eight of the Tan clan also gathered to honour their forefathers. 

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