[2024 Update] Roadside parking: 6 things to look out for to avoid parking tickets

Published by on . Updated on 4 Apr 2024

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Parking in Singapore isn't as simple as parking in the right lots, placing the right coupons, locking your door and walking off with your heart at ease.

Under the Road Traffic Act, parking your car means to bring a motor vehicle to a stationary position and cause it to wait for any purpose other than that of immediately taking up or setting down persons, goods or luggage.

Yes, that means waiting by the side of the road for your friend to quickly come back with takeaway prata is illegal, and therefore, grounds for a fine. Sucky? Yes. Impossible to avoid? Not at all. Follow these tips to prevent that fine getting between you and your sweet, sweet prata.

1. Parking against the flow of traffic

Yes, you can get summoned just by facing against traffic. Think about it this way, you spend precious time finding a lot, and behold! The road next to you has a free spot and you just drive right in. The road may not look crowded now, but when peak hour hits and you try to back out of the lot, you're going to face a horde of angry drivers silently swearing while you get your car back to facing the correct direction.

Save yourself the hassle, make a U-Turn and park your car the right way!

2. Road markings to watch out for

Double Yellow Line

Double Yellow Line

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Continuous Double White Line

Unbroken Double White

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Continuous Single White Line

Unbroken Double White Line 1

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No parking at all times on these roads. No 2 minute toilet breaks, buying the newspaper, and sadly, no mint chocolate chip from the ice-cream man. It's not worth the $70 fine.

Offences That Carry Demerit Points

 Single White Zig-zag Lines

Single White Zig Zag

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Single Yellow Zig-zag Lines 

Single Yellow Zig Zag

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Double Yellow Zig-zag Lines

Double Yellow Zig Zag

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These are the ones you really shouldn't mess with. Parking here messes up traffic flow, earns you about a thousand honks, a fine, and dreaded demerit points.

3. Parking enforcement cameras

Parking Cam

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If you see lampposts or sign posts with orange vertical strips, DO NOT PARK. These are CCTV monitoring zones used to catch illegal parking. Watch out for the signs that indicate parking enforcement cameras too.

No Waiting

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No Waiting signs and CCTV cameras have been installed at passenger pick-up points at some MRT stations too so remember to look out because these dish out a whopping $300 fine and 3 demerit points. Avoid these things at all costs.

4. Other spots to avoid

Besides specific road markings, there are other places you plainly should avoid parking at for the sake of yourself and the convenience of other motorists and citizens.

Parking Near Fire Hydrant

Fire Hydrant

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No parking within 3 meters of a fire hydrant at all times.

Parking Near Intersection


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No parking within 6 meters of an Intersection or junction of any road or street at all times.

Parking Near Bus Lane 

Bus Bay

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No parking at all times within 9 meters of a bus stop.

Parking Near Pick-Up Point

Passenger Pick Up Point

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No waiting at these pick-up bays.

Parking Within a Pedestrian Crossing

Pedestrian Crossing Parked

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This is road-hogging on another level, and it puts pedestrians painfully close to both your bonnet and oncoming traffic, and puts you in the spotlight on SGRV, Facebook and anywhere else. Bad publicity, a fine, and demerit points are really, really not worth it.

5. Parking or stopping in an obstructive way next to a stationary vehicle

Abreast Of Another Vehicle

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If you park in a manner that blocks another driver from entering, exiting, or in any way obstructs other road users, you may be liable for a fine and demerit points. 

6. Parking on a single yellow line

Single Yellow Line

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Of course, there's a silver lining. From 7pm to 7am (and all day on Sundays and public holidays), you can park for free on roads with a single yellow line!

Stay safe and drive smart!

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Thank you!

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