Heavy Penalties for Handphone Driving in Singapore


Handphone (cellphone) driving is considered to be a serious offence equivalent to reckless or dangerous driving because there are many accidents involved during the course of handphone usage. In order to minimise the risk of the drivers and other road users, Singapore has implemented harsh laws to make sure that offenders take serious thought about commiting the offence.

It is considered against the law when usage of handphone during driving while
1. You try to make or pick up a call while the vehicle is still in motion
2. Holding the handphone in one hand, driving single handed. Even if you are using wireless bluetooth or handset but holding onto the handphone, it is still considered an offence
3. Holding onto the phone while the vehicle is still in motion, e.g SMS while during (Common acts among drivers in Singapore)
4. Both hands off the steering wheel and holding onto the handphone.


Offenders can be fined up to S$ 1,000 and 12 demerit points, or an imprisonment term not exceeding 6 months or both. If the driver is found both hands off the steering wheel, a maximum of S$ 3,000/-, or an imprisonment term not exceeding 12 months or both. According to Singapore Roads Traffic Driver Improvement Points Systems (DIPS), a 12 demerit points may cause the revoking of driving licence and disqualified from obtaining an licence again.

Singapore has implemented stricter law on Handphone Driving. Check the latest law change here.

did not belt up during a ride

I am sure that most drivers detest seat belts because it is troublesome and normally, only the driver and front passenger would use the seat belts during a ride while those in the rear will just relax. Considering the fact that most victims in a car accidents are rear passengers, Singapore’s traffic department revised the law in 1st Jan 1993 that even rear passengers would have to use the seat belts during a ride.


Talking about the strictness, it does not spare neither foreigners nor public service like taxi. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure his passengers use the seat belts during a ride or he will face points demerit and a fine, same goes if the driver him/herself did not use the seat belts. As for the case of passengers, they would be paying only a fine. That is why taxi drivers in Singapore would ask its passengers to use the seat belts whenever someone enters the vehicle.

FINE: S$ 120 and 3 demerit points for drivers, S$ 120 for passenger(s).

Reference
1. “Seat beat rule”, Singapore Police Force