No smoking in indoor or air-conditioned public placess

This law has been introduced since the early 1970s, and enforced till the present. Most Singaporeans are presume to be aware of this law. Public areas including cinemas, air conditioned shopping malls and coffeeshop, as well as offices. There is also a restriction for bus interchanges, MRT stations and shelters which require smokers to be at least 5 metres away from the location.

In July 2006, an additional law was implemented on non air-conditioned food courts, hawker centres, coffeeshop. A year later in July 2007, entertainment areas like pubs, disco, nightclubs were included in the extended list of areas stated above.


FINE: 1st time offender may face a S$ 200 fine, while those convicted in court may face up to a max of S$1,000 fine.

Reference
1. “Smoking Prohibition”, NEA.

FINEs milestones

There have been many laws passed in Singapore throughout the years. While implementation has taken place, there are still some people who are not really sure when each actually started. Here is a list of the fines “milestones” which I took some time to collate. Have fun reading the facts!


Children Under Height of 1.35m To Be Secured Child Restraint or Booster Seat in Singapore


Photo Source: The Auto Channel

The Singapore’s Traffic Police has first passed a new law that passenger, a child below the age of 8 years old, who is the passenger of a motor vehicle, has to be secured using a child restraint that is appropriate for his/her height and weight or use a booster seat cushion in conjunction with the vehicle seat belts.

Revision of Criterion For Use of child restraint and booster seats

In 1 January 2012, the Traffic Police has revised the which age will no longer be used as a criterion to determine the usage of child restraint or booster seats. While anyone below the height of 1.35m will be required to be secured appropriate for a person of that height and weight, use a booster seat to supplement adjustable seat belt. Those height a height of 1.35m and above, irrespective of their age, will be required to wear a seat belt. rear passengers need to use seat belts while the vehicle is in motion, they have also introduce a new law for child safety. Children under the age of 8 years old must be secured with child restraints.

What is the fine / Penalties ?

Offenders may be charge in court. A first-time offender may be fined up to S$1,000 or jail up to 3 months. Repeat offenders may be fined up to S$2,000 or jailed up to 6 months.

References

  1. What you need to know about car seat safety in Singapore, Sassy Pregnancy, 19 August 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  2. Car Seats in Singapore:Rules and Regulations, Singapore Baby, 25 June 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  3. Changes to seat belt rules and testing curriculum for learner riders, Singapore Police Forst, 23 december 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  4. The Singapore Traffic Police departments answers some of our questions on child safety when travelling on the road, Universal Scribbles, 19 November 2012.

Fines for Cigarettes Box without Mandatory Health Warning Labels in Singapore

In order to pass down messages to smokers that smoking is bad for health, the Singapore government passed down a new law on tobacco sales in July 2004. All cigarette package needs to have health warning labels as shown above (One of the example) if to be Since July 2004, Singapore has implemented a new policy on cigarettes sales.
Photo Source: The Noisy American

FINE: S$ 500

Implementation of this labels also stopped cheaper cigarettes smuggled from neighboring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, but it did not last long as imitation versions came soon after. Just recently, the Malaysia government has also declared that cigarette package need to have health warning labels as well.

Background of Health Warnings Policy

Singapore started the implementation of the health warnings on cigarette boxes since July 2004. The warnings are required to cover 50% of the front and 50% of the back of all packages. In 2003, a set of six warnings were rotated on cigarette packages and in 2006, a new set of 6 warnings were put in place. A third set of picture warnings for smoke tobacco products have been proposed, and are expected on packs in 2013.

Reference

1. Tobacco Labeling Resource Centre, Singapore. Retrieved 2016-02-28.

This article was updated on 28 February 2016.

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

Fined in Singapore For Smoking Cigarettes without “SDPC” Markings



In order to tackle the problem of contraband cigarettes entering Singapore, the government passed down a new law for cigarettes that are being sold in Singapore, right after the law pass down for the need for health warning labels on cigarettes package. A new law was passed down on 1st January 2009 that each individual stick of cigarette that are sold in Singapore shall be marked with “SDPC”, in short for Singapore Duty Paid Cigarettes.

Anyone who is caught in possession, buying or selling cigarettes without SDPC mark will be deem as committing an offence under Singapore’s Customs and GST Acts.

FINE: 1st offence S$ 500 per packet, 2nd offence S$ 1,000, 3rd offence S$2,000.