Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Cat & Mouse Game

Motorists are always playing a cat & mouse game with parking wardens.

Whenver we have to put display parking coupons on the dashboard of our car, we are perpetually in a state of alert, on the lookout for these sniveling buggers.

My motto is: It’s better to display at least one coupon to cover your ass than to display none at all.

Afterall, if your coupon has expired, your maximum fine is only $20. But if you don’t display any coupon at all, it’s $30.

Just yesterday, I was at Pasir Ris Park Car park E. I realise this car park requires display of parking coupon(s), even on Sundays and public holidays, unlike car park A which is free.

If you want to park your car at the park whole day in peace without having to worry about parking wardens, better to park at car park A.

At car park E, I saw not 1, but 2 “dastardly” parking wardens making rounds to see if the cars have displayed valid parking coupons. Quite a number of cars got summonses issed to them. I was waiting in my car, accompanying my son who’s alseep. Before they could walk to where my car was, I drove the car away. Then I stopped at a corner & waited for them to leave before returning to the car park. Before I left my car, I decided to tear and display one coupon just in case those “bastards” decide to come back and do a second round of checks.

Each time you get a summon for such a parking offence, either because you did not display any coupon at all, or your coupon(s) was/were insufficient, all you can do is curse and swear.

As for parking warden(s), it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.


Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

Twice, I was summoned even though I displayed coupons. The wardens' watch was slower than mine, so they claimed that I "ate" them 5 minutes. S$30 fine leh.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:45:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To LIS: i think i was also fined before for tearing the coupon time later than the actual time.

$30 fine for attempting to cheat :p

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 8:38:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Ming1881 said...

In my area, parking wardens come in weird hours like 2-3am when i came back on night out. This btw is very regular & consistent. Yes, she smile at me when i said "nice catch there, but don't you have better things to do like sleeping?". Guess that they commission is based on how many they booked. I once see three groups (total of 8 people) of booking officer in a early morning of wet market at Jurong Cachil Rd.

Friday, October 31, 2008 at 5:15:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger QuaChee said...

know this will sound lil crazy to some, but i think the best way is to have all carparks with something like those cash card payment system.

(i know its gonna be costly, but it helps motorists esp if they are running late).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 7:27:00 PM GMT+8  

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