Traffic Police and LTA reviewing measure to curb heavy vehicles speeding issues

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Two transport authorities in Singapore, Traffic Police and Land Transport Authority aka LTA has announced on the review of current measures to curb speeding by heavy vehicles.

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Lee said this in Parliament on Tuesday (5th April), in reply to a question filed by Mr. Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC).

The proposed measure was to install speed counters on heavy vehicles, which allows it to register each time the speed limit is exceeded for a prolonged period – An existing device that is retrofitted onto Singapore’s military vehicles to prevent personnel from speeding.

It is understood at the present moment that goods vehicles with a maximum laden weight exceeding 12 tons or public service vehicles exceeding 10 tons are speed-restricted with speed limiter during the initial usage of the vehicles.

In addition, vehicles are to be sent for annual inspection to ensure the speed limiters are working and if these heavy vehicles are caught speeding, there will be additional inspections requested at shorter timeframe intervals to check on these drivers.

Tampering of Speed Limiters

While some vehicle owners/drivers tend to tamper with the speed limiter in order to drive at a faster speed.

Those found tampering with the speed limiting device can be fined up to $1,000 or imprisonment up to three months, while repeat offenders can be fined up to $2,000 or imprisonment up to six months.

Demerit Point System For Offenders

For the current penalties for heavy vehicle drivers caught speeding, the fines ranging from $160 to $200 and four to eight points demerit points for exceeding the speed limit by up to 40 km/h. Those exceeded the speed limit by more than 40 km/h will be charged in court and given 12 to 24 demerit points – which literally means revoke of driving license.


Driving Car In Singapore Without Valid Road Tax And Insurance

Above is a sample letter from LTA for the renewal of the road tax. It comes with an detachable paper disc which has to be displayed on the vehicle after tax is paid. 

In Singapore, all the cars has to be registered before it can be used on the road. Prior to that, it is mandatory that you have to purchase insurance cover and road tax before going on the road. The road tax is payable to the Land Transport Authority in either a bi-annual or annual basis and each different car categories are being charged in different tax amount .

If you did not to renew the road tax after it expires, it becomes an offence for keeping or using an unlicensed vehicle. Any person who uses or keeps an unlicensed vehicle is liable to a fine of up to $2,000 upon conviction in court. If you are late for renewal after valid date, late renewal fee(s) will be imposed on top of the fine. In normal cases, the letter itself will state the fine amount based on the duration lapsed from the date of expiry.

Meanwhile, having just the road tax does not really qualify a vehicle to travel on the road. It is noted to be a serious offence to use the vehicle without a valid road tax and the penalty is a fine up to $1,000 or to imprisonment of up to 3 months or both. In addition, a mandatory disqualification from holding a driving licence for at least 12 months, upon conviction in court.

Where Can You Renew Your Vehicle Licence ?

Fortunately in Singapore, the LTA has provided multiple source of channels for you to renew your vehicle licence with ease. Most of the payment modes has been printed on the back page of the letter that has been sent to you, but I will list them out in case someone is looking for the links.

  1. Internet via Onemotoring – The payment is through using Internet Banking to deduct the fees from your account via eNets Debit). Possible banks are Citibank, DBS, POSB, OCBC, OCBC Plus!, Standard Chartered and UOB. Service available daily from 6am to midnight.
  2. AXS Station – These stations are scatter all around Singapore and can be easily in petrol kiosk and shopping centres. Service available daily from 6am to midnight.(Note that AXS e-Station is not possible)
  3. iNETS Kiosk – These kiosk are also scattered around in Singapore. I tried looking for the locations in NETS website, but it is not being published. AXS Stations are much easier to locate. Service available daily from 6am to midnight.
  4. Authorised Road Tax Collection Centres – There are over dozens of these collection centres also scattered in different parts of Singapore. Click here to see the updated list of authorised collection centres and their operating hours.
  5. Payment by Cheque – If you are making payment over Singapore Post’s counters, the cheque has to be made payable to “Singapore Post Limited”. If you are making payment over authorised road tax collection centres, the cheque has to be made payable to “LTA”. Two items to note – cheque should be crossed “A/C Payee only” and no post-dated cheque.
  6. GIRO – GIRO is an automated services for deducting of money from your account should a payment or bill has to be paid. You can obtain an application form from here and send it to “VRL Service Operations Division, Land Transport Authority, 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701”. A letter will be sent to you about four weeks later whether the GIRO application is successful or rejected and they will also advise the next step as well.

LTA to Implement a Tiered Fines Regime for Repeat Illegal Parking Offenders

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced higher fines for repeat offenders for illegal parking. Starting from 1st Jan 2015, a new tiered fines regime, such that motorists who receive second Notice of Traffic Offence (NTO) within 12 months will need to pay a higher tier of fines.

A motorist caught parking a light vehicle along unbroken double yellow lines will be fined S$110, instead of S$70 if it is the second NTO he has been issued within 12 months.

The number  of demerit points, which are meted out for more serious illegal parking offences, will remain unchanged. NTOs issues prior to 1st Jan 2015 will not be taken into consideration when applying the tiered fines regime.

This is the first adjustment to illegal parking in twenty years. LTA commented that about half of all illegal parking traffic notices issued between 2011 and 2014 were committed by repeat offenders and the latest revision is to reduce the number of repeat offenders and hence decrease in the numbers of illegal parking offences.

Example of New Tiered System Implementation.

Addition of Second Tier Fines Amount for Illegal Parking Offences.

In addition, LTA has planned to install CCTV surveillance cameras at 40 more locations to deter illegal parking. It had installed CCTV cameras at 30 locations earlier this year which has “resulted in significantly smoother traffic.”

As mentioned by Dr Chin Kian Keong, LTA’s Group Director for Transportation and Road Operations, that after the new implementation of CCTV cameras, there were signs of improved traffic conditions in stretches of roads that used to suffer from obstruction caused by indiscriminately parked vehicles, such as Beach Road, Bishan Road and Pasir Panjang Road.

New Locations For CCTV Cameras in 2015.

Source: LTA raises fines for illegal parking. Channel News Asia, 22 Dec 2014.

Singapore Implements New Regulations for Bus Touting

Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be kicking off the new regulations on Jan 1, 2015 to punish those private bus drivers caught touting their transport services. If convicted under the Road Traffic Rules, errant drivers can be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced up to three months in jail.

LTA mentioned that holders of the Bus Driver’s Vocational Licence (BDVL) will be informed in writing of the new regulations and penalty framework. BDVL is a mandatory license for those who drive either private hires buses, excursion buses and school buses.

What Is Bus Touting ?

Bus touting refers to a kind of illegal bus operation which involves bus drivers (or their operator) attracting potential passengers by illegal means – for instance, calling out people to take on their bus while traveling along the route.

Public can call 1800-CALL LTA (1800-2255 582) or give feedback to LTA at if they notice any bus touting activities.

Source: Private bus drivers to face fines, jail for touting their services. The Straits Time, 15 Dec 2014.

Stricter Laws for Using Handphone While Driving in Singapore, Constitute Fines and Jail Terms

Singapore Parliament has just passed amended laws governing the use of mobile devices while driving on Monday, 8 September 2014. The changes to the Road Traffic Act now governs handphone driving as a criminal offence and will impose fines and jail term.

Holding and using mobile devices while driving, be it a phone or tablet will be constitute as an offence as it is seen as an act that not only endangers oneself’s life, but as well passengers and other road users. However, these apply only if the device is held in one hand while the vehicle is moving.

First-time offenders may be fined up to S$1,000 and/or jailed for up to six months. The penalty is doubled for repeat offenders.

The amended laws, will come into effect in February 2015 which calling, sending text message, internet surfing, playing games, checking emails or social media and download content with a mobile device while driving is considered as an offence.

Mixed Feelings Among Members of Parliament

While the stricter laws is implemented for handphone driving, there are still some devices that mounted on the dashboards, gaming devices and other IT gadgets such as Google Glass that are not covered under the law which are equally distracting while driving.

Some mentioned that it should also be an offence to hold and use these devices even when the vehicle is not moving, e.g. stopping at traffic lights or in a traffic jam.

Hri Kumar, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC has commented that even though through the usage of hands-free devices, it is still equally dangerous as using handheld devices as showed in many studies. Reason behind because the real distraction is the phone conversation and not having both hands not on the steering wheel. He has suggested that restrictions should be apply to the entire driving process and should be lifted off till the car is safely parked.

The Summons Numbers 

Reports shows that using mobile phone while driving has increased over the years, from 2,817 cases in 2011 to 3,572 cases in 2013. In the first six months of 2014, there has already been a case of 1,761 summonses were issued. The increase number in summonses was extreme measured approach in tightening the rules on handphone driving as mentioned by Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli.

Other Changes To Road Traffic Act

Some other changes to the Road Traffic Act as below:

  • Drivers of light goods vehicles and small buses will need to take the Practical Driving Test when renewing licences. They will then be issued with a full Class 3 licence.
  • Vehicle owners need to give Traffic Police details of a traffic offence within 14 days of receiving notice, extended from seven days. Otherwise, owner will be charged with failing to furnish the information on top of the traffic offence.
  • Motorists involved in accidents that have caused damage or injury are to provide their particulars to the owner of the vehicle or property, even when no one is around to ask for information. For example, if a motorist hits a parked car, he should leave a note on the damaged car with his particulars.
  • Unless contacted by the owner, all motorists must report the accident to the police within 24 hours or the motorist will be liable to be charged under the offence of hit-and-run.

Stiffer Fines For Offences Commited Within School Zones

The school zone has been defined clearly with road humps and pedestrian crossing follows by the entire strips of road covers with interlocking red tiles instead of normal tarred road on either side of the road.

School Zones has been set up along schools in Singapore to ensure motorists will be driving in a more slower speed to ensure safety of young children crossing the roads in the school precincts. A Demerit Points for this offence will be increased with effect from 1st January 2014, motorist who are caught committing offence of careless driving, inconsiderate driving, beating red lights, or speeding within school zones will be given additional demerit points.

This move is aimed at getting motorist to be more responsible and drive safely along vicinity of schools and motorists to think twice before committing an offence that can cost lives of vulnerable road users such as young children and students. It was also part of the initiatives developed under Safer Roads Singapore, trying to create a road culture where safe and courteous road use is habitual and instinct.

Traffic Offence Demerit Points for this offence Demerit Points if offence is committed within school zones
Careless Driving 6 points 7 points
Inconsiderate Driving (Driving without due care or reasonable consideration for other road users 9 points 10 points
Failture to conform to traffic light signal 12 points 13 points
Speeding 4-24 points 5-24 points*

*The maximum number of demerit points is capped at 24 points as the suspension of driving licences will take place after motorists have accumulated 24 or more demerit points within 24 months.

Fine Penalties For Driving in Designated Bus Lane during Bus Lane Hours in Singapore

Bus lanes is usually on the most left of the road marked with continuous yellow (normal bus lane) and/or red strips (full-day bus lane)
In 1974, Singapore government launched a new bus lane scheme to improve bus efficiency. It allows buses to enter and exit bus stops more smoothly, improving faster rides to commuters. In October 2005, Land Transport Authority launched a full-day bus lane scheme along Orchard Road. Not restricting to public transport, school and factory buses are also allow to use the bus lanes, but not allowed to stop, pick up or let passengers alight along bus lanes. It was also uses as an emergency lane for public service vehicles attending to emergency. Statistics has show that the scheme has improved bus speed and reliability.

Below are the operating hours of the Normal and Full-Day Bus Lanes:

Days Normal Bus Lanes Full-Day Bus Lanes
Mondays to Fridays 7.30am to 9.30am
5.00pm to 8.00pm
7.30am to 8.00pm
Saturdays Not applicable 7.30am to 8.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays Not Applicable Not Applicable

However, there are still some motorists that does not comply with the regulations thus Land Transport Authority (LTA) has come up with fines to punish those that flout the enforcement. LTA has equipped 90 buses along routes with bus lanes fitted with video camera to record bus lane infringements and traffic wardens are deployed at various hotspot to record the vehicle licence plate number of motorists who infringe the law.

A Composition fine of $130 for offender while a maximum court fine of $1,000 or 3 months imprisonment if the offence is not compounded and offender is convicted in Court for the first time.

Source Reference:

  • Land Transport Authority (LTA)
  • Road Traffic (Traffic Signs) Rules

Updated on 23rd September 2014

9 New Traffic Regulations in Singapore ?

TP Subaru “Sport Car”

Since two weeks ago, there has been circulation between my group of friends stating that Traffic Police are coming up with some of the new traffic regulations that will be implemented anything sooner in Singapore. I was basically flooded by Watsapp message everyday regarding this implementation.

As you know, Singapore is a small country and news spread easily. However, there wasn’t any public announcement (or maybe I missed it) about the changes. But there is something which I was quite puzzled about. Why is intentionally covering of number plate has a heavier penalty as compared to beating the red light which is more dangerous to the public ? Maybe Traffic Police cannot issue a fine without a plate number ?

Offence Penalty
Beating Red Lights 6 Demerit Points and S$100 fine
Drink & Drive 12 Demerit Points and 5-year ban from driving
Not Wearing Seltbeats 3 Demerit Points and S$100 fine
Front Passenger did not Buckle Seat Belt 1 Demerit Point and S$100 fine
Smoking while Driving 1 Demerit Point and S$100 fine
Intentionally Covering of Number Plate 12 Demerit Points and Maximum fine
Speeding 6 Demerit Points
Front Passenger below 14-years old 6 Demerit Points and S$300 fine

Drink Driving in Singapore Will Cost You Your Driving Licence

“If you drink, don’t drive”, this was one of the messages that has been sending islandwide in Singapore. Perhaps some of the drivers has learned from their lessons that not only it will bring harm to yourself and others, it will burn a big hole in your pocket.

In order to reduce the increasing number of accidents occurred due to drink driving, Singapore government has raised the fines amount and penalties on drink drivers. It is consider drink driving if your breath contains more than 45mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, but a recent change in the law that if you are found with more than 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath or more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, you have exceeded the legal limit of Singapore Road Traffic Act and deemed as drink driving.

1st Offence – Fine between S$ 1,000 to S$ 5,000, or 6 months of imprisonment.
2nd Offence – Fine between S$ 3,000 and S$ 10,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment
3rd and subsequent offence – Fine up to S$30,000 and up to 3 years imprisonment
Driver will be barred 1 year from driving even though there is no traffic accident.

The Straits Time

Understanding Parking Fines in Singapore

Singapore parking fine system is sub-divided and managed by different government organization. Not understanding why the split in management, but it is quite confusing to Singapore, let alone to foreigners who might not know where they should pay the fines.

Though Singapore Traffic Police should be the only body to fine issues, but it was not always the case.

Carpark lots under Housing Development Board (HDB) is under their jurisdiction which they have engaged external parties to check on vehicles that park illegally or did not use a parking coupon when the vehicle was being parked.

In some of the area, Certis Cisco are also being engaged by the government to look after the roads and to check for illegal parking or parking without valid coupon.

The fine amount varies largely to the offence committed, ranging from $25 to $300. I have screenshot a list of offence and the fine amount as shown below. Taking a good look below, you get a hefty fine for trying to cheat the law or you can’t speak well and explain why the official coupon wasn’t there. Better not to try your luck.