Bukit Timah private estate residents allegedly buy their own traffic cones to 'chope' parking space

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Using a recycling bin to "chope" a parking space in front of your landed home?

Been there, done that.

Residents of the Hoover Park private estate in Bukit Timah have levelled up by allegedly buying their own traffic cones to do the "choping".

Stomper Ng shared photos of both the bins and and cones used by homeowners to mark their territory.

"In Singapore, our blue recycling bins are really useful!" said the Stomper sarcastically.

"They can double up as parking cones on public roads to 'chope' the roads outside landed property to reserve that space for the owner's cars. This person is also very careful and placed it just after the continuous white line where they can be fined for illegal parking."

Stomp has reported such behaviour before in Serangoon Gardens – twice.

The Stomper said: "Some residents in the Hoover Park estate are even bolder. They buy their own traffic cones to demarcate the area outside their house for their own parking usage.

"This has been going on for many years. Has our public roads become a 'first-come, first-reserved' amenity?"

In response to a Stomp query on a similar incident, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said: "For such issues within the private estates, the LTA adopts a community approach towards resolving them by advising residents to ensure that their objects do not pose a safety hazard or an obstruction to other users.

"In cases where a community approach fails, or if there are immediate safety concerns caused by the obstruction, LTA will take the necessary enforcement action.

"Under Section 32A of the Street Works Act, LTA is empowered to enforce against any person(s) for placing articles or things on public streets, five-footways and private foot-ways which may cause obstruction and/or inconvenience to the passage of the public."

Last week, it was reported that local celebrity Jade Seah called out "self-entitled" landed home owners on Instagram after finding a note on her car’s windshield asking her not to park along the road in a private estate.