Singapore’s driving laws

Singapore is widely known for its strict laws and regulations. Its driving laws are part of it.

Singapore’s vehicles are configured with right hand drive system, and drives on the left side of the road. Two government bodies regulates and enforces road regulations in Singapore – Land Transport Authority and the Traffic Police. Unless otherwise stated, the speed limit of all vehicles travelling along Singapore roads is 50km per hour. Driving above this speed limit will expose the driver to risk of getting demerit points by the Traffic Police. More demerit points will be given for higher speed exceeded above the speed limit. If the driver gets 24 demerit points or more during any 1-year period, his driving license will be revoked. He will then have to re-take the driving course to get his driving license in Singapore.

Singapore’s road regulations applies to both cars and buses. Buses are given priority on the roads to ensure faster and smoother journeys for mass commuters. It is also part of the government’s initiative to reduce the number of cars in Singapore. The government’s aim is to make travelling on buses smooth and fast. Buses are given special lanes to travel along the road. There are restricted hours where only buses can travel along those lanes. Cars found travelling on those lanes during those restricted hours will be given demerit points, or worse, be served imprisonment time.

Something that is exclusive in Singapore is its Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) System. The Land Transport Authority implemented this system to deter traffic congestion during peak hours at various roads. Electronic gantries are places at various roads and all cars are equipped with an In-vehicle Unit which requires a CashCard to operate. When the car passes by the Electronic gantries, the value inside the driver’s CashCard will be deducted. As traffic conditions are expected to be different during different hours of the day, different deductions will be made at different timing.

One more thing that is exclusive to Singapore is its Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system. In a bid to control the number of cars in Singapore, the government rolled out this system. Essentially, all the aspiring car owners will have to pay to purchase this COE in order to be entitled to buy a car in Singapore. It is a bidding system where the highest bidders get the COE. COE’s price is determined by its supply.