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Singapore Motoring News Parking fees increase
1. Parking fees increase
Remember parking rates have now gone up!
Parking fees increased as of 1 December 2016. This means that motorists are now obliged to use new parking coupons.
Don’t fret, though, as you still have time to exchange your old coupons for new ones by topping up the difference in value at 155 locations islandwide.
These include 131 petrol stations, in addition to the 23 HDB Branches/Service Centres and the URA Centre.
You’ll be able to exchange your old coupons up until January 31, 2017.
The rate increase was announced by the HDB and URA following a review of public car park charges.
Source: HDB and URA
2. Fake accident scams – suspect arrested
Police have arrested a 33-year old man for his suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases.
Police received several reports of fake accident scams. In these cases, the suspect would claim to be knocked down by the victim’s vehicle and request compensation for his alleged injuries.
The victims paid the suspect between $26 and $50 each.
Officers from Ang Mo Kio Division conducted extensive ground enquiries and established the identity of the suspect. He was subsequently arrested along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.
The offence of Cheating carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to 10 years and is liable to pay a fine.
3. New Anti-Scam Helpline launched
A new anti-scam helpline has been launched by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF)
Anti-Scam Helpline – 1800-722-6688
As scammers’ ploys get more creative and sophisticated, the NCPC has responded by launching an anti-scam helpline. Members of the public can now call the helpline to seek advice on scams.
Mr Tan Kian Hoon, Chairman of NCPC, said: “Scams evolve very quickly and for those who do not have access to the internet, it might take some time before they hear of it from their friends or loved ones. We hope that this helpline can act as an additional channel for us to reach out to this group of people so as to prevent a scam from happening.”
The helpline operates from Mondays to Fridays (closed on PHs), from 9am – 5pm.
4. Bus thief suspect arrested
Police have arrested a 48-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of Motor Vehicle Theft at Sin Ming Road.
The owner of a transport company reported that one of her 23-seater buses had been stolen from the heavy vehicle carpark located at Sin Ming Road.
Through extensive ground enquiries and with the aid of CCTV footage, officers from Tanglin Division established the identity of the suspect and arrested him in the Bedok area.
The offence carries a maximum jail term of seven years’ imprisonment and is also liable to a fine.
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