Can they do that? Drivers use cones, bins and clothes rack to 'chope' parking spaces

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Two Stompers alerted Stomp to incidents of drivers using physical items to 'chope' parking lots at two locations in Singapore.

Firstly, a Stomper sent a photo showing an orange cone placed in front of an empty parking lot at Ubi Avenue 1.

He came across the sight at 8.30am this morning (Jan 18) and said that he has been seeing this for more than three months.

In a telephone interview and WhatApp message, the Stomper said that the lot was reserved by a BMW driver who owned a shop nearby.

The parking lot was demarcated by white markers, meaning that it was meant for public use.

The driver however claimed that the lot is allocated for him and will park his vehicle there from 8am to 4.30pm, according to the Stomper. 

Stomper Chan also witnessed a similar occurrence yesterday (Jan 17) at around 1pm along Cheow Keng Road. 

In a video he sent, dustbins were used to 'chope' spaces in between several parked cars along the road.

Towards the end of the video, there was even a clothes hanger that was used to reserve a parking space.

There were shophouses along Cheow Keng Road, suggesting that the spaces might have been reserved by residents living in the area. 

This occurrence was more outrageous than that of the incident at Ubi as there were no demarcated lots or lines on the road, meaning that drivers should not even be parking their vehicles there in the first place.

The actions of the drivers mentioned above are questionable as they may not have the right to claim the parking spaces for their own.

Stomp has contacted the authorities with regard to the incidents mentioned above and will provide updates once we have them.