Singapore stepped up enforcement against motorists on evasion of tolls fees at checkpoint

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Singapore and Malaysia has been linked via two bridges across the straits, namely the Woodlands checkpoint and Tuas checkpoint.

With strong businesses and employment linked between these two countries, there are more than 400,000 people and 130,000 vehicles crossing customs everyday. Do note that Woodlands checkpoint is one of the busiest checkpoint in the world, attributed be people staying in Johor Bahru and coming to Singapore for work purposes.

Though Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has stepped up enforcements and put up additional signages to remind motorist to pay the respective tolls and fees, there are still motorists that would take the risk of evading toll charges, Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees and fixed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees when entering or leaving Singapore through both checkpoints.

Higher Composition Fines

Hence, LTA decided to introduced new fines for motorist from 1st August 2016 onwards that a composition fine of S$50 for motorists who evade the tolls and fees, while repeating offenders will have to pay S$100. This was five times more from the S$10 administrative fee payable currently.

In addition, motorists who do not pay the composition sum and then charged for tolls and fees evasion are liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding S$1,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months for first offence.

Stricter Road Traffic Rules

On the other hand, LTA is exploring possibilities on amending the Road Traffic Act to prohibit the entry and exit of foreign vehicles with unpaid tolls, fees, taxes, penalties or composition sums payable or due.

Who Needs To Pay Tolls & Fees

Tolls are applicable to all Singapore and Malaysia registered vehicles and Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees are applicable to all foreign-registered cars and motorcycles while fixed ERP fees are applicable to foreign-registered cars that does not have a In-Vehicle Unit (IU) onboard and use an ERP-priced roads.

Confused ? Well, you can see in a clearer picture from the information published by the authority below.

tolls and fees for entering Singapore checkpoints
Tolls & Fees tables from LTA
Image: Land Transport Authority



Banning of Electronic Smoking Devices (E-Cigarette) in Singapore

An overview of e-cigarette designs
There are a great variety of electronic smoking devices in the market.  The Online Citizen

The electronic smoking devices, also known as e-cigarette has started a new trend among teenagers in Singapore, gaining it’s popularity of its ease to access and without the need to undergo checks for legal age requirements.

Illustration on how an e-cigarette works.
Illustration on how an e-cigarette works.  E-cigs For Beginners

These e-cigarettes or vaporisers an e-liquids can be purchased from online marketplace like Carousell, Gumtree and Qoo10, as well as social media like Instagram and Singapore-based online forums.

On Carousell, there are as much as 30 such posts selling e-liquids under vague search terms like”juice”. E-liquid refills are sold for about $13 Singapore dollars for a 10ml bottle and $25 Singapore dollars for a 30ml bottle. It comes with different flavours such as bandung, root beer float and caramel macchiato which maybe laced with nicotine.

Related: Fines For Selling Cigarettes To Youth Under 18 Years Old

E-cigarette Banned in Singapore

Singapore government has banned the use or importation of these electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes. While according to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), there were more than 15,000 cases involving people bringing vaporisers into Singapore illegally between 2012 and September 2015. In the same period, 39 peddlers were caught for selling vaporisers in Singapore.HSA said the vaporisers were found in parcels, most purchased online and on people caught hand carrying into Singapore.

Related: Fines For Cigarettes Box Without Health Warning Labels

What is the Fines / Penalties ?

The Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act in Singapore prohibits the importation, distribution, sale or offer for sales of any item designed to resemble a tobacco product, including vaporisers. Thus, buying these vaporisers or e-cigarettes from overseas websites or hand carrying in hand luggage is also considered as importing.

Offenders may be fined up to S$5,000 for the first offence and up to S$10,000 for subsequent offences.

Vaporisers May Cause Health Hazards

Though the invention of the vaporisers were to aid smokers from getting a puff out of a cigarette, but there are concerns raised on the reliability and usability of these electronic devices.

Dr Wong Seng Weng, medical director of The Cancer Centre, said these e-cigarettes users are exposed to nicotine, which is addictive, as well as heated and aerosolised propylene glycol and glycerol, which may turn into carcinogens. Carcinogen is a substance that has cancer-causing agents and toxicants, in same cases, as much as those in conventional cigarettes.

In addition, there are also cases that e-cigarette explodes and caused bodily injury to the users. You may want to check out the man in Kentucky, US that suffered second-degree burns after his faulty e-cigarette set his trousers on fire.

After all, there are still no in-depth studies that e-cigarette could be as smoking-cessation aids and the industry safety standards for manufacturing such devices are not being laid out and widely accepted by countries.

Quitting Smoking Once and For All ?

If you are looking at some help for quit smoking, you may join the iQuit Club in Singapore.


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Get Fined If Drive Leaving Singapore Border Without Fuel Tank Three Quarter Full

Source: The KeropokMala

While Singapore and Malaysia is one bridge away, but the prices of the petrol is greatly different as such there are many Singaporeans whom travel all the way into Johor Bahru to grab a bite, polish their cars and fill up their petrol tanks. A full tank in Singapore is almost equivalent to 2 times full tank in Malaysia.

The Singapore government realized that this might caused a long term issue in the petrol business in Singapore and the customs pass down a new law to prohibit Singapore registered cars to fill up much of their tanks. The new law requires Singapore registered vehicles to be at least three quarter full before allowing into Malaysia. Though the custom does not really checked all the vehicles, but they will prompt a spot-check now and then on vehicles that looks suspicious.

FINE: 1st offence S$ 100, 2nd offence S$ 300, 3rd offence S$ 500

If you are found to have your fuel tank below the requirement, you would need to turn back into Singapore inland to fill up before gaining entry to Malaysia’s borders.

There are also cases that some drivers uses “special gadgets” which act like a switch to “tune” the fuel meter to always 3/4 tank full. But of course there are pros and cons to it. The pros is that you are able to fill your fuel with more cheaper fuel after you have entered into Malaysia. The cons ? You might be caught by the custom officers and maybe have to pay a heavier, or you would forgot to switch off the “special gadget” and ended yourself up somewhere on the highway before you realised that you have finish all your fuel.

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