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Speeding offences and their penalties in Singapore

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There were 719 cases of speeding-related accidents recorded in 2018 which is a 5.6% decrease from the previous year.

The number of speeding violations detected also decreased by 5.0% to 156,157 in 2018.

Despite this, the Traffic Police is not resting on its laurels, especially when the number of fatal car accidents has increased by 2.6% to 120 deaths on our roads.

Speed cameras

The Road Traffic Police is making good use of technology to detect and deter speeding. It recently set into operation the new Average Speed Camera (ASC) system along a 4km stretch of Tanah Merah Coast Road. The ASC uses a two-point camera system to calculate the average speed of a vehicle as it enters and exits an enforcement area. If a vehicle’s average speed exceeds the legal limit, it will be deemed as speeding.

Besides the ASC, Traffic Police has placed four other types of cameras around the island. These are fixed speed cameras (FSC), mobile speed cameras, police speed cameras and red-light cameras.

A little more about red light cameras

Despite a drop in speeding incidents there has been a significant increase in the number of red-light running violations.

  • The number of violations increased by 15.7% to 53,910 cases in 2018, from the previous year when 46,599 cases were recorded.
  • The number of red-light running accidents increased by 2.6% to 120 accidents in 2018.

Traffic Police says it takes a serious view of such violations and continues to urge motorists to slow down as they approach a signalised junction, and prepare to stop their vehicle when they see an amber light. “Beating the red light is extremely reckless and puts the lives of motorists and other road users at great risk,” said Singapore Traffic Police.

Red Light Cameras (RLC) are located at traffic lights to capture any vehicle that beats the red light. When that happens, the camera will usually flash.

The number of RLCs have increased tremendously over the past few years and currently total 240. The Traffic Police say these cameras play a crucial role in preventing fatalities and accidents at heavy road junctions. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has also replaced the old film red light cameras with digital ones which they say are more precise and mean that motorists ‘can never escape from getting caught.’

Red light camera locations can be found here.

Much harsher penalties for running red lights.

Running red light offenders will be given 12 demerit points and the composition sum has increased from S$200 to $400 for cars. And a $500 fine for heavy vehicles. If you happen to be a P-Plate driver, your license will instantly be revoked.

Meanwhile, prominent warning signs have been put up ahead of all speed camera zones, and speeding enforcement cameras are painted in bright orange. The locations of all these cameras are listed on the Singapore Police Force’s website.

The Traffic Police has also tried out blinker lights to warn motorists before they enter speed enforcement zones. These will be progressively implemented island-wide by 2022.

Speed limits

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has also imposed speed limits for different types of vehicles on the road:

Type of Vehicle

Speed Limit on Roads

Speed Limit on Expressways

Speed Limit in Tunnels

Cars & Motorcycles

50 km/h

70-90 km/h

50-80 km/h

Buses & Coaches

50 km/h

60 km/h

50-60 km/h

Light Commercial Vehicles (This includes light goods vehicles and small buses up to 3.5 tonnes and a seating capacity of up to 15 passengers)

50 km/h

60-70 km/h

50-70 km/h

In Singapore, the speed limit also depends on the characteristics of the road, the profile of road users and the surrounding land use.

For example, if the road contains plenty of contours and turns, the speed limit for the road would be lower. On top of that, the speed of all motor vehicles travelling in a silver zone should not exceed 40 km/h.

Speeding penalties in Singapore

The composition fines for speeding have also been increased.

In Singapore, the new speeding penalties are as follows:

speeding table

Composition fines

The amount of the fine depends on how much you have exceeded the speed limit.

Prosecution

For serious traffic offences such as exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h, offenders will be prosecuted in court.

For repeat offenders who have been convicted at least twice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h, enhanced penalties under section 67(A) of the Road Traffic Act may be imposed.

In this case, the court may exercise its discretion to sentence a repeat offender to up to 3 times the punishment that he would otherwise be liable for, subject to an imprisonment term of up to 10 years.

How to check if you have a speeding fine

You can check the details of traffic offences of a vehicle (using NRIC, photo card driving licence number or foreign registered vehicle number) by logging onto the Singapore Police Force with your contact details

The Electronic Driver Data Information & Enquiry System (EDDIES) only reflects records of outstanding traffic summonses issued by the Traffic Police. If you are being investigated for a traffic offence but have not been issued with a traffic summons, the records will not be reflected on EDDIES.

After every traffic offence committed, drivers will receive a notification letter informing them of their demerit point status.

Revocation/suspension of driving licence

For new or probationary drivers, their driving licence will be revoked and become invalid should they accumulate 13 or more demerit points during your 1-year probation period.

For non-probationary drivers who have been previously suspended at least once, their driving licence will be liable for suspension for up to 36 months (depending on how many times you have previously been suspended) if they accumulate 12 or more demerit points within 12 consecutive months.

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