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10 Dec 2016 | Text by Anthony Lim, Photos by Newslink & Design Team | Category: Car Ownership Advice
There's been some confusion about the new parking coupons and parking charges. We're here to share with you everything you need to know about this new system.
First off, short-term parking rates have gone up from 50 cents to 60 cents every half an hour and from $1 to $1.20 per half hour in restricted zones and designated areas.
This is the reason for introducing new parking coupons, which come in denominations of 60 cents, $1.20 and $2.40. They also come in denominations of $12 and $20 for whole-day parking and $5 denominations for night parking.
Can I use two old 50-cent coupons to pay for a 60-cent charge?
The authorities will give a one-time advisory to motorists who forget to use the new parking coupons. However, this 'flexibility' will only be extended once. Repeat offenders will be given a parking offence notice the next time they are caught using the old coupons.
You can head down to any petrol station, Cheers, 7-Eleven or Housing & Development Board (HDB) Branch/Service Centre (except the Tampines Branch). You can also purchase them from The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre.
Where can I exchange my old coupons for the new ones?
Old parking coupons can be exchanged for new ones at HDB Branches/Service Centres (except the Tampines Branch) and The URA Centre. You can also get cash refunds for your old coupons there. There is no deadline for coupon exchange at these locations.
You can also exchange your old coupons at any of the 131 participating petrol stations between 1st December 2016 and 31st January 2017. Keep in mind that you won't be able to do the exchange at Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC) petrol stations. You can, however, still purchase new ones there.
Since the denominations in both types of coupons are different, all you need to do is top up the remaining value. For example, if you trade in an old $1 coupon for a new $1.20 one, you'll only need to add on 20 cents.
How many coupons can I exchange at once?
Caltex and Esso stations allow up to $100 worth of old coupons to be exchanged while Shell stations allow each customer to exchange 30 pieces of coupons at one time. Shell's coupon exchange service is available from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily, except on the eve of and on public holidays.