Ms Joan Pereira
MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC
To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development whether the Ministry can consider increasing the parking duration for Class 2 Label Scheme drivers on parking lots for the handicapped, from 60 minutes to 2 hours.
The Carpark Label Scheme was introduced to assist persons with physical disabilities to board and alight from a vehicle. Class 1 labels allow drivers with physical disabilities who drive to park in accessible parking lots. Class 2 labels allow caregivers to park temporarily at accessible lots for 60 minutes so that they can assist passengers with physical disabilities to board and alight. Once their passengers alight and are in a safe place, the caregivers are to vacate the accessible parking lots and move their vehicles to standard lots.
There have been some suggestions to lengthen the 60 minute duration for Class 2 label holders. We have considered these suggestions. In deciding on the allowable duration for Class 2 label holders, MSF and MND have to take into account the needs of all Class 1 and Class 2 label holders for accessible parking lots. With our ageing population, the number of Class 2 labels issued has also been increasing significantly. We believe that 60 minutes provide a reasonable amount of time for caregivers to ensure that passengers with physical disabilities alight and are in a safe place. Lengthening the time would make it more challenging for other label holders to seek accessible parking lots.