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Coupon Car Parking

Post by quidsin » Fri, 06 Jun 2008 10:30 pm

Can someone please explain to me what this coupon car parking thing is all about?

We were in Holland Village for the first time last night and managed to find a car parking space, a rarity I'm told! Anyway, I asked some guy where the sticker ticket mahcine was located and he looked at me like I was mental? He said that I had to buy a day parking coupon from 7-11 shop. So off I went and the charming lady behind the counter said they only had night coupons left. She said I could try the magazine shop so i went over there and they didn't have any either. So, what do you do....well, there were these guys in little uniforms patrolling the car park so I'm thinking they'll be able to sell me one, but they didn't have them either. But, they did Valet Parket or $8 per visit..wow!!!

So the moral of the story is, sometimes I'm amazed how efficeint and orderly stuff works in Singapore but then on occasions you find the most screwed up systems you could ever think of....and this is one of them...gees.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 06 Jun 2008 10:51 pm

The only thing I see screwed up was somebody got behind the wheel that had not bothered to find out about driving in Singapore BEFORE they got behind the wheel. They are very efficient here. It's the newbie's who don't bother to learn the local systems that are the problem.
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Re: Coupon Car Parking

Post by durain » Sat, 07 Jun 2008 4:29 am

quidsin wrote:Can someone please explain to me what this coupon car parking thing is all about?
parking coupon is the best thing since slice bread. :P

http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10204p.nsf ... Procedures

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Know the system first.

Post by doogiedog » Tue, 10 Jun 2008 9:22 am

To quidsin,

First of all, please get to know the parking system singapore has, which i personally thinks is very effective even though it can be slightly expensive.

durain has provided a very good link to the HDB website on the parking coupon system. Do pop by there and read through.

I was scratching my head also when i read your post about the sticker tickets thingy. You will not be able to find any of it in Singapore. :P

Anyway, it is quite hard to find a parking in Holland Village especially at night as there is too many people driving there for food, drinks or just to chill out. it is even more rare to be able to get a day parking coupon at the 7-11 store in Holland Village! However, the coupons are easily available anywhere in singapore, be it at the petrol station, convenient stores, supermarket, or even in some of the grocery/chinese medicine shops.

If it is your first time and maybe the last time you are driving here. Okay, you are forgiven, but if you just got your car and started driving, then you better learn your lesson. Go get some coupon and store it in your glove compartment for convenience. I recommend you keep a 50cents stack and a $2 night parking stack (1 stack is sold for SGD10).

quidsin Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:30 pm Post subject: Coupon Car Parking

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Can someone please explain to me what this coupon car parking thing is all about?

We were in Holland Village for the first time last night and managed to find a car parking space, a rarity I'm told! Anyway, I asked some guy where the sticker ticket mahcine was located and he looked at me like I was mental? He said that I had to buy a day parking coupon from 7-11 shop. So off I went and the charming lady behind the counter said they only had night coupons left. She said I could try the magazine shop so i went over there and they didn't have any either. So, what do you do....well, there were these guys in little uniforms patrolling the car park so I'm thinking they'll be able to sell me one, but they didn't have them either. But, they did Valet Parket or $8 per visit..wow!!!

So the moral of the story is, sometimes I'm amazed how efficeint and orderly stuff works in Singapore but then on occasions you find the most screwed up systems you could ever think of....and this is one of them...gees.

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Post by quidsin » Tue, 10 Jun 2008 9:25 pm

It's my friends car and she has given it to me for a few weeks but never explained this screwed up system to me - sorry, I'm sticking by my guns guys...

-coin(s) in machine
-prints ticket
-place ticket on dashboard
-don't need to find a shop

how can a piece of paper purchased in a shop be any more efficient? don't tell me that no one has ever parked in a space and then realised that they are out of tickets.

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Post by durain » Tue, 10 Jun 2008 9:37 pm

quidsin wrote:It's my friends car and she has given it to me for a few weeks but never explained this screwed up system to me - sorry, I'm sticking by my guns guys...

-coin(s) in machine
-prints ticket
-place ticket on dashboard
-don't need to find a shop

how can a piece of paper purchased in a shop be any more efficient? don't tell me that no one has ever parked in a space and then realised that they are out of tickets.
how can it be a screwed up system??? you are in a foreign country and you got to adapt to it's system, not the system adapt to you. i think it's your friend that screwed you up!

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Post by Jeppo » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 9:48 am

durain wrote:
quidsin wrote:It's my friends car and she has given it to me for a few weeks but never explained this screwed up system to me - sorry, I'm sticking by my guns guys...

-coin(s) in machine
-prints ticket
-place ticket on dashboard
-don't need to find a shop

how can a piece of paper purchased in a shop be any more efficient? don't tell me that no one has ever parked in a space and then realised that they are out of tickets.
how can it be a screwed up system??? you are in a foreign country and you got to adapt to it's system, not the system adapt to you. i think it's your friend that screwed you up!
Don't you know that everything here should be exactly the same as it was in our home countries? That's why we move here, so everything can be the same :twisted: :P

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Post by local lad » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:32 am

Jeppo wrote:
durain wrote:
quidsin wrote:It's my friends car and she has given it to me for a few weeks but never explained this screwed up system to me - sorry, I'm sticking by my guns guys...

-coin(s) in machine
-prints ticket
-place ticket on dashboard
-don't need to find a shop

how can a piece of paper purchased in a shop be any more efficient? don't tell me that no one has ever parked in a space and then realised that they are out of tickets.
how can it be a screwed up system??? you are in a foreign country and you got to adapt to it's system, not the system adapt to you. i think it's your friend that screwed you up!
Don't you know that everything here should be exactly the same as it was in our home countries? That's why we move here, so everything can be the same :twisted: :P

Wrong. EXACTLY the same :twisted:

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Post by RULDS » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 5:39 pm

Ouch...I think a stone hit me while you guys are throwing them at this poor chap.

Some people are over sensitive when a person might thoughtfully question a certain procedure or need help in an explanation. Just because we in Singapore doesn't mean they are 100% perfect. It feels like as soon as someone questions something about Singapore people hop all over them and kindly tells them that they are a stupid/arrogant foreigner.

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Post by local lad » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 5:44 pm

RULDS wrote:Ouch...I think a stone hit me while you guys are throwing them at this poor chap.

Some people are over sensitive when a person might thoughtfully question a certain procedure or need help in an explanation. Just because we in Singapore doesn't mean they are 100% perfect. It feels like as soon as someone questions something about Singapore people hop all over them and kindly tells them that they are a stupid/arrogant foreigner.
Singaporeans are pretty much an information counter until someone mentioned something that is not favourable. eg, read the OP post , especially the last few sentences. :?

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Post by durain » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 6:43 pm

so if i go to europe and they drive on the left, do i slag off their system? and why didnt the car rental company told me they drive on the left? so who is to blame?

if i go to the US and immigration want a retina scan, do i tell them "screw you, why you need a retina scan" all because i dont need one in my home country?

different countries will have different systems. what if the OP go to JB and they dont use the coupon system. screwed up system as well?

i dont think we are being nasty here. like local_lad said, read the OP sentences.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:24 pm

The parking coupons are kind of dumb. You've got to punch about 50 million of them if you happen to have 50 cent 1/2 hour coupons in an expensive lot and are going to be there for a few hours. OP is right... why not dump some money in a machine, get your ticket and be done with it?

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Post by QRM » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:29 pm

Why not use the same tech as the ERP gantries, when you park it clocks your time and when you leave the slot, it deducts from your card? If you overstay the time limit it deducts the fine.

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Post by Saint » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 11:28 pm

QRM wrote:Why not use the same tech as the ERP gantries, when you park it clocks your time and when you leave the slot, it deducts from your card? If you overstay the time limit it deducts the fine.
Don't most, if not all, multi storey carparks already do that?!

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Post by durain » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 11:34 pm

no la. HDB and street parking still use coupon.

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