Singapore: MINDEF to impose parking charges at 6 more military camps and bases from April

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Representational image of vehicles parks at the Seah Im Road carpark in June 2006 Terence Ong/Wikimedia Commons

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on Tuesday that it will be imposing market rate season parking charges on six more MINDEF and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) camps and bases from Apr 1.

MINDEF said in a press release that the car parks in these six camps have been deemed to have market value due to their proximity to public amenities. However, it did not specify which camps will be affected.

Channel NewsAsia reported that the Khatib Camp and Mowbray Camp in Choa Chu Kang are among the list of six camps.

The season parking policy will apply to all permanent staff as well as contractors who require a car park lot on a regular basis, said MINDEF.

There are already 10 camps, bases and related premises that currently impose season parking charges. "Operationally ready National Servicemen who are going for their in-camp training and other operationally ready National Service activities will continue not to be charged for parking their cars in all camp/bases," MINDEF said.

Channel NewsAsia reported that the season parking charges are S$120 per month for covered car parks, while the monthly charge for open-air car parks is S$90. The charges are based on the market rates of Housing and Development Board car parks near the premises.

On Monday, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said that staff at national schools will be charged season parking fees from August.

The school parking policy was changed after the Audit-General's Office (AGO) 2014/2015 Financial Year report highlighted that some educational institutions did not impose parking charges or had charges that were below the market rate.