If you are able-bodied and park in a parking lot for the disabled, that’s a big no-no, and you most likely will get Stomp-ed.
Not only are you depriving someone of the only space they have, but those who genuinely need it will be severely inconvenienced.
Take the time to find a proper lot or get your car valeted if you are in a rush.
Having said that, let’s take a look at what are the rules governing parking lots for the disabled.
Car Park Label Scheme
For now, only drivers who have the Car Park label can park at lots to let drivers and passengers with physical disabilities to alight and board safely.
According to SG Enable, the agency dedicated to mobility matters, drivers and passengers with physical disabilities must first be certified by a Singapore registered medical doctor as requiring the use of mobility aids and wider space to embark or disembark safely from their vehicles.
There are two types of labels: Class 1 and Class 2.
Class 1 labels are offered to drivers with physical disabilities who require the use of bulky mobility aids and wider space to embark or disembark safely from their vehicles.
The driver with a physical disability can park in the accessible lot “for any duration”.
Class 2 label holders are offered to passengers who require mobility aids and wider space to board or alight from a vehicle.
The driver is permitted to park temporarily in the accessible lot for “up to 60 minutes” to assist the qualified passenger with a physical disability to embark or disembark safely from the vehicle.
What else do I need to know?
According to SG Enable, it’s best to apply for the label that “best represents” your needs, as you cannot apply for both Class 1 and 2 labels.
For now, the label scheme only applies to cars.
If you have applied for (and gotten) your label, remember to display it prominently on the left side of the windscreen on your registered vehicle.
The Class 1 label is valid for up to five years while the Class 2 label is valid for up to two years.
“Any other validity period granted will be on a case-by-case basis,” SG Enable says in its FAQs.
If you discover misuse of the accessible lots, you can call 1800 338 6622 to report it.