Traffic offences occur anywhere in the world daily, and Singapore is no different. Road traffic offences are governed by the Road Traffic Act (RTA) in Singapore. Below are the 3 most common road traffic offences in Singapore. 

Reckless driving

One of the most common road traffic offences committed in Singapore is reckless driving. The offence under the Road Traffic Act (RTA) 1961 is defined as when a person drives a motor vehicle on the road recklessly or in a manner that endangers others. It takes into account the nature, condition and use of the road and even the amount of traffic on the road. It also includes putting other lives in danger by driving above the speed limit. First-time offenders will face a fine of up to $5,000, up to 1 year of imprisonment or both. Drivers charged with reckless driving can also be awarded up to 24 demerit points, depending on the circumstance, for which those on prohibition licences will be suspended. 

Exceeding the speed limit

This is a common road offence anywhere in the world. You can be charged under the RTA if you are found to be driving above the speed limit. This usually varies on the class of the motor vehicle and the specific location. As a general rule, in Singapore, the speed limit for normal roads varies from 30km/h to 90km/h. In the event that the speed limit sign is absent, all vehicles must not exceed 50km/h.  There are differing speed limits for vehicle types based on different zones. For buses and coaches, the speed limit on tunnels and expressways is 50 – 60 km/h. For light commercial vehicles, the speed limit on expressways and tunnels is 50 – 70 km/h. 

If you are caught speeding by 40km/h or less, you will be fined between $130 to $170. If you are found to be exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/h, you may be fined up to $1,000 or be jailed for up to 3 months. Drivers will also incur up to 24 demerit points on their driving licence, depending on the severity of the offence.

Use of mobile phone while driving

Did you know that merely having your mobile communication in your hands (even if you’re not actively using it) is considered an offence in Singapore? Under the RTA, a mobile communication device includes mobile phones and wireless handheld devices like tablets, iPads and smartwatches. There is however an exception for smartwatches. You are allowed to have it on your hand but not use it for communication purposes whilst driving. The fine for first-time offenders breaking this rule is a fine up to $2000, jail time up to 12 months or both. This offence will also cause drivers to be awarded 12 demerit points on their licence. 

Traffic rules and laws exist for a reason, to keep citizens safe. Always be aware of the local traffic laws wherever you are and abide by them. For all your vehicle leasing needs in Singapore, contact Pan Pac’s friendly team today!