Jaywalking Is An Offence in Singapore

I believe that every asian countries that you have visited, most of them does not fine these jaywalkers and it was a common sight that everyone is crossing from every corner of the roads.

However, Singapore decided to put strict laws onto Jaywalking. A law was passed down on 14th July 2004 to stop commuter from jaywalking, a act which has been said to be reckless and dangerous for on-road drivers.

The implementation of a fine was to use monetary loss of a commuter to reduce the rising accidents caused by jaywalking.


Jaywalking is defined as crossing the road within a 50 metres crossing zone. This includes crossing in a junction without waiting for an indicative signal or crossing a road in a prohibited areas.

While jaywalkers can be fined twenty dollars on the spot, they could also be charged and fined up to $1,000, or jailed up to three months. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to six months.

The police generally target locations randomly during Traffic Police Operation and commuters can be fined $20 on the spot. In 2011, 8,650 people were caught jaywalking, a whopping $160,000 for just crossing the road without proper manners !

More stringent penalties for non-compliance with safety regulations for lorries carrying workers

From 1st February 2011, Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Traffic Police will impose higher fines for the carriage of workers on lorries.

In addition, for driver-liable offences, demerit points will be imposed on drivers who fail to comply with the regulations and repeating offenders will face court charges.

If the lorries are intended to carry workers, all light lorries are supposed to be fitted with canopies and higher side railing by 1 February 2011. Heavy lorries will need to comply by 1st August 2011.

This does not means that the owner of the lorries will be free from any penalties. In the event that driver-liable offences are committed under the instructions of the owners, LTA will also take court action against lorry owners.

Source: Land Transport Authority

Below are some of the new penalties as from 1st February 2011


DRIVER-LIABLE OFFENCES

Failing to fill up front seats first:
1st Offence $500 + 3 Demerit Points
Repeat Offence Court Action

Failing to comply with 1.1m height limit:
1st Offence $500 + 6 Demerit Points
Repeat Offence Court Action

Carrying excess workers (>25% of the allowable number):
1st Offence $500 + 6 Demerit Points
Repeat Offence Court Action

Carrying passengers on a goods vehicle in a dangerous manner:
1st Offence $500 + 9 Demerit Points
Repeat Offence Court Action

OWNER-LIABLE OFFENCES

Failing to fit canopy on lorries used to carry workers:
1st Offence & Repeat Offence Court Action

Failing to fit higher side railings on lorries used to carry workers:
1st Offence & Repeat Offence Court Action

Failing to display Maximum Passenger Capacity label:
Per Offence $100

Displaying incorrect Maximum Passenger Capacity label:
1st Offence $100
2nd Offence $200
3rd Offence $500

possess illegal modified motorised bicycles

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has announced that they will be tightening the regulations of motorised bicycles which does not meet LTA’s technical requirements. The heavier penalties will be imposed on cyclists and retailers which fine impose will be doubled.

Current fines stand from a range of S$ 50 to S$ 200, while under the new regulations, fine will be raised S$ 100 to S$ 500. Retailer will faced a more severe penalties which with fines starting off from S$ 500.

But LTA still hold plans to implement public education programme to educate suppliers and cyclists on safety and identifying approved motorised bicycles. Posters and brochures will be distributed to community centres, foreign workers dormitaries as well as retailers shops.

Source: Channel NewsAsia, 13th December 2010

New traffic fines from Traffic Police (Price increase without further notice)

Speeding:
Exceeding 01 – 20km/h = $130 Fine + 4 Demerit Points.

Exceeding 21 – 30km/h = $150 Fine + 6 Demerit Points.

Exceeding 31 – 40km/h = $180 Fine + 8 Demerit Points.

Exceeding 41 – 50km/h = more than $200 Fine + 12 Demerit Points + Court

Exceeding 51 – 60km/h = more than $200 Fine + 18 Demerit Points + Court

Exceeding More Than 61km/h = more than $200 Fine + 24 Demerit Points + Court.

Driving Offences:
Failing to Put On Seat Belt = $120 Fine + 3 Demerit points

Crossing Double White Lines = $130 Fine + 4 Demerit Points

Careless Driving = $150 Fine + 6 Demerit Points

Inconsiderate Driving! = $170 Fine + 9 Demerit Points + Court
Dangerous Driving = more than $200 Fine + 24 Demerit Points + Court + Vehicle Compounded

Illegal Racing = more than $200 Fine + Vehicle Confiscate + Court

Mobile Phones:
Phone/Text and Drive = $200 Fine + 12 Demerit Points + Phone Confiscated

You cannot hold your phone in your hand when you drive, even on loud speaker and/or ear piece

Drink Driving:
For First Offence = Up to $5,000 Fine and/or Jail Term + License Suspended + Court
For Second Offence = Jail Term + Fine + License Suspended + Court

Other Offences:
Fail to signal when changing lanes = $70 Fine

Making an illegal U-Turn when there is no U-Turn sign = $70 Fine

Driving after 7pm without headlights or taillights on = $30 Fine

Driving a vehicle without a number plate = $70 Fine

Obstructed or obscured number plate = $70 Fine

Unapproved type of number plate is used = $70 Fine.

Court Cases:
If you want to be a hero and fight the court case yourself, and you lose, you pay the court charges yourself, which will add to your fine.

Court charges are at least $200 and above.

Speeding on KPE Expressway

If you are thinking of driving at 90km/h in this Expressway, you should be careful. Unlike the others expressways which have a speed limit of 90km/h, this newly opened Expressway -Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway aka KPE – is fitted with digital speed cameras that operate throughout the day, enforcing a speed limit of 70km/h.

Why would I want to emphasize on this underground expressway ? Because during the first phase of the operation, 3,400 motorists were caught speeding in KPE, accounting to 3% of the total traffic.

speeds on the highway

If you have been inspired by the movie “Fast & Furious”, don’t try any racing moves on Singapore highways or you will soon find yourself without a driving licence. There are a number of speed cameras along the highways, as well as traffic police driving 1,000cc motorbikes or Subaru WRXs ready to chase you down the road.

Also, ither sources report that speed traps are being used, in the following areas.

1. PIE towards airport near Toa Payoh exit, tripod mounted speed camera at the pedestrian overhead bridge – 90km/h;
2. PIE towards jurong near adam road exit, tripod mounted speed camera over at Adam Road flyover – 90km/h;
3. Braddell Road after Bishan Junction towards CTE, tripod mounted speed camera at the pedestrian overhead bridge – 60/kmh;
4. Queensway towards Bukit Merah, tripod mounted speed camera under tree before Ridout McDonalds – 60km/h;
5. Spot along Upper Bukit Timah Rd towards Woodlands Rd, tripod mounted speed camera under tree after a curve turn – 60km/h.

FINE: $170 and 8 demerit points.

drop off someone at or near the bus stop

LTA has contracted 6 traffic wardens from a private company at S$34,000 annually to take down the licence plate numbers, make and colour of vehicles that intrude into bus lanes during peak hours. They are incognito with cameras, so don’t be surprised if you are summoned though there are no Traffic Police around.

Here are some of the “danger zones” provided from a other sources.

1. Eunos Link
2. Hougang Ave 3
3. Jurong Town Hall Rd
4. Lorong Chuan
5. Orchard Rd
6. Upper Serangoon Rd
7. Upper Thomson Rd
8. Yishun Ave 2

FINE: S$130 for dropping someone off at or near the bus stop.

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.

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