Parking Places (Surcharge) Bill

Bill No. 29/1975

Read the first time on 29th July 1975.
An Act to provide for the imposition of a surcharge on parking places.
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Parking Places (Surcharge) Act, 1975, and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“designated area” means any area or place which the Minister may, by order in the Gazette, specify as being a designated area for the purposes of this Act;
“motor vehicle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads;
“parking lot” means the space marked out in a parking place for the parking of one motor vehicle;
“parking place” means any land or premises or part thereof owned by any person, statutory board or institution and used for the parking of five or more motor vehicles;
“Superintendent” means the Superintendent of Car Parks or a Deputy or Assistant Superintendent appointed under section 6 of the Parking Places Act, 1974 (Act 5 of 1974);
“surcharge” means a surcharge imposed in respect of any parking place.
Levy of surcharge
3.—(1)  There shall be levied a surcharge in respect of every parking place in any designated area at such rate or rates as the Minister may, from time to time, by order in the Gazette, determine.
(2)  Such rate or rates shall be on the basis of the number of parking lots or otherwise as the Minister may determine.
(3)  The surcharge shall be payable at such time and in such manner as the Minister may, by order in the Gazette, determine.
(4)  The surcharge shall be payable, without demand, at the offices of the Superintendent or other prescribed place or places.
(5)  All surcharges required to be paid under this Act or any order made thereunder shall be recoverable as a debt due to the Government.
(6)  Notwithstanding the provisions of any other written law, no refund of the surcharge shall be made by the Superintendent except in such special circumstances as may be approved by him.
Power to seek information
4.—(1)  For the purposes of enforcing the provisions of this Act, the Superintendent may, and as often as he thinks necessary, require any person to submit or render to him, within such period as he thinks fit, any form, return or information or to answer any question raised by the Superintendent.
(2)  All forms and returns under this Act shall be in such form as the Superintendent may require.
(3)  Any person who fails to submit any form or return as required under subsection (1) or who in any such form or return makes any statement which is false in any material particular shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.
Power to compound offence
5.  The Superintendent may accept from any person who is reasonably suspected of having committed an offence under this Act or any order or rule made thereunder a sum of money not exceeding five hundred dollars by way of composition for the offence which may have been committed.
Surcharges to be paid into the Consolidated Fund
6.  All surcharges collected by the Superintendent shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
7.  The Minister may exempt any parking place or part thereof from all or any of the provisions of this Act.
8.—(1)  The provisions of this Act and of the Parking Places Act, 1974 (Act 5 of 1974), shall not apply to private parking places used exclusively in connection with any private dwelling house for the housing or parking of vehicles kept for private use only.
(2)  For the purposes of this section, “dwelling house” means any building or tenement, or any part thereof, which is used, constructed or adapted for use for human habitation.
9.—(1)  The Minister may make rules for the purpose of carrying into effect any of the provisions of this Act.