[2024 Update] The Motorist Guide to parking at private estates

Published by on . Updated on 4 Apr 2024

Private Estate Singapore(Screenshot: Google Street View)

Driving to your friend’s landed house for a party? We all know how tricky it is to find parking in a private estate. In most cases, we simply park our cars along the narrow streets and pray that we don’t get fined.

If you have ever driven through a private estate, you will probably see cars parked on both sides of the road. Since most roads in private estates are tight one lane, two-way streets, passing vehicles usually have to ride on the divider to slip through the parked cars.

As a general rule of thumb, as long as there are no lines on either side of the road, and the lane divider is a single non-continuous white line, you are allowed to park on both sides of the road. But, do ensure that you park your vehicle in a manner that doesn’t block any entrances or the flow of traffic.

In the case of a single continuous yellow line along the side of a road, you are allowed to park there from 7pm to 7am. On Sundays and Public Holidays, you will be able to park there for the whole day.

Unbroken Double White Line 1(Photo Credit: One Motoring)

However, if there is a single or double continuous white line dividing a two-way road, you are not allowed to park on either side of the road at all times.

Double Yellow Line(Photo Credit: Sault Online)

Single Yellow Zig Zag(Photo Credit: One Motoring)

If a side of the road has a double continuous yellow line or a single zig-zag yellow line, you are not allowed to park at that side of the road at all times.

Single White Zig Zag
(Photo Credit: One Motoring)

Double Yellow Zig Zag
(Photo Credit: One Motoring)

However, in the case of a double zig-zag yellow line or single zig-zag white line, you are not allowed to stop on that side of the road.

There are also other things to note about parking in private estates. In larger private estates, there would be a few bus stops littered around. According to our traffic rules, you are not allowed to park within nine metres of a bus stop. Similar rules apply for fire hydrants and traffic junctions. You can’t park within three and six metres of them respectively.

double parking(Photo Credit: World Of Buzz)

As tempting as it may seem, you should never double-park, even if it's for a short while. Double-parking, or parking abreast of another vehicle, is the act of parking your car parallel or next to another in such a way that prevents the driver of the other car from driving off. You are also not allowed to park within a pedestrian crossing.

Notice Of Parking Offence(Photo Credit: HDB Season Parking)

For committing a parking offence, offenders can be fined up to $300, depending on vehicle type.

Also, there are five types of parking offences that will result in three demerit points on top of a fine. They are:

  • Parking on a single yellow zig-zag line
  • Stopping on a double yellow zig-zag lines
  • Stopping on a single white zig-zag line
  • Parking abreast of another vehicle (Double-parking)
  • Parking on a pedestrian crossing

So now that you know the rules behind parking on the streets, there is no excuse for you to park indiscriminately the next time you visit someone in a private estate!

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