Here is a good exercise in critical thinking. Read the article below on the upward revision of night parking charges.
URA claims that it is helping residents who are SPT (Season Parking Ticket) holders to get parking lots by increasing the parking charges so fewer non-SPT cars will park at their carparks. See how helpful URA is. They are good guys - or so they claim. But think hard about this. If a non-SPT holder needs a parking lot in the vicinity because he is visiting his girlfriend or works the graveyard shift, he won't have any other choice except to park there even if they double the charges to $4. There is a simple way to solve this and that is to have more parking lots set aside for SPT holders by painting them red. The ideal solution would be for the URA to build more parking lots to meet the increased demand for parking in a particular area.
URA's solution helps nobody but itself to make more revenue. Still they have to invent a reason to make themselves out to be the good guys.
Revised night charges for URA and HDB carparks
NIGHT parking charges at HDB and URA carparks will increase from S$2 to S$4 starting November 1 to better manage the higher demand.
The changes will apply to carparks with the Night Parking Scheme (NPS), which provides overnight parking facilities for non-resident motorists and visitors.
"Currently, most NPS carparks are heavily utilised due to higher parking demand," said URA and HDB in a statement." This has resulted in residents with Season Parking Ticket (SPT) facing difficulties in getting a parking space when they return home at night."The new charges will help "safeguard the interests of SPT holders," they said.The current night parking half-hourly charge for areas without the NPS will remain at S$0.50.The new S$4 night parking coupons will be available for sale from October 15. Motorists holding the S$2 night parking coupons can continue to use them by displaying two S$2 coupons.