View Single Post
Old 02-08-2003, 01:14 PM   #10
sunsetbay's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 41,808
Lightbulb Re: car park

Fm ST, 1st Aug 1 2003

Can private firms book parking offenders?

I REFER to the report, 'Private firms to patrol HDB carparks' (ST, July 31), that the Housing Board has delegated parking enforcement to two private companies.

Can the HDB do that? After all, isn't issuing notices of parking offences a quasi-penal responsibility? Strictly speaking, illegal parking is penal in nature, notwithstanding the fact that offenders can compound an offence with a fine.

If indeed private companies cannot enforce criminal laws, and I suspect even serve notices of prosecution on behalf of the police and other law-enforcement agencies, how can private companies give out notices of parking offences? Even if there is legislation allowing this, should it be relooked? Will there be abuse?



sunsetbay is online now   Reply With Quote