Driving offences in Singapore that carry jail terms

Driving offences in Singapore that carry jail terms

Singapore is strict on the individual so that the whole society can enjoy its liberty, likewise, the traffic regulations in Singapore is no exception. With that said, trivial offences can give you jail time. In this article, we will be going through some of the driving offences in Singapore that carry jail terms.

 

1. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Driving offences in Singapore that carry jail terms

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The possible jail term is up to 12 months with a fine of up to $10,000, and for repeated offences is up to 24 months and fine up to $20,000

Under Section 67(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Act (RTA), anyone who drives or attempts to drive under the influence of a drug or intoxicating substance that exceeds 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath or exceeds 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood will be guilty of drink driving offence.

 

2. Driving with a suspended license or without licenses

Driving offences in Singapore that carry jail terms

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A possible jail term is up to 12 months with a fine of up to $5,000, and for repeated offences is up to 36 months or jail term and a fine of up to $10,000.

If you drive without a license or after it has been suspended, you will be liable for this traffic offence.

 

3. Usage of telecommunication gadgets while driving

Driving offences in Singapore that carry jail terms

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A possible jail term is up to 6 months with a fine of up to $1,000, and for repeated offences is up to 12 months or jail term and a fine of up to $2,000.

Using any hand-held equipment which is designed or capable of being used for telecommunication will become an offence when your vehicle in is its motion, the driver is holding on to the gadget with one hand and is using functions like making a phone call, sending a message or even accessing the internet.

However, it is not illegal to use your gadget if it is mounted on a holder or dashboard though. Also, it’s acceptable to use your gadget when the car is stationary.

 

4. Reckless Driving

A possible jail term is up to 6 months with a fine of up to $1,000, and for repeated offences is up to 12 months or jail term and a fine of up to $2,000.

Some examples of reckless driving include driving against the flow of traffic, speed up then slow down, tailgating and ignoring traffic signs.

 

5. Illegal modifications

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The possible jail term is up to 6 months with a fine of up to $2,000

According to Land Transport Authority (LTA), modifications refers to replacing, removing or adding vehicle components or system till the vehicle is different from the original manufacturer’s specifications.

Therefore, before ‘zenging’ your car, check the lists first!

Instead of regretting these rigid guidelines, we’d recommend you to comply with these driving offences in Singapore. All things considered; these measures are implemented to protect us!

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