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  1. Hi, I was looking at my G-plate commercial vehicle insurance terms and conditions. Realized that "geographical area" includes West Malaysia and 80 km into Thailand ! So I am planning to drive G-plate into Malaysia without getting the relevant permits from Malaysia side. I wish to know: How is the ban on Singapore commercial vehicles enforced? Is it aggressively enforced, or just another close-one-eye type of regulation? Exactly where do they do they conduct checks?
  2. Pickup trucks in America are one of the popular choices in the American car industry. Not just American car makers, Japanese like Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Mazda has also entered this market segment, without or with failures. Even continental brands like Mercedes Benz is trying to enter this market with it's new X calss, which has not been introduced in the North American market yet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickup_truck Once a work tool with few creature comforts, in the 1950s consumers began purchasing pickups for lifestyle reasons and by the 1990s less than 15 percent of owners reported use in work as the pickup truck's primary purpose.Today in North America, the pickup is mostly used like a passenger car and accounts for about 18 per cent of total vehicles sold in the US. While in the United States and Canada most pickup trucks are used primarily for passenger transport, agriculture, and commercial uses, pickups are also used in law enforcement, the military, fire services, and for pickup truck racing, a form of auto racing using modified versions of pickups mostly onoval tracks. Race pickup trucks are mechanically similar to coupé-shaped stock cars. More reads: https://www.americantrucks.com/a-history-of-the-classic-pickup-truck.html The recent Detriot Auto Show has show cased some of the new models for 2018/19. Let's look at them in the following posts.
  3. hi guys, i got my first annual inspection for my truck coming up soon. What do they look for? Previously in my stock lancer it was pretty smooth ( no mods or anything) My truck i'll be changing back to my stock rims + tyres and also taping up my side mirror lights ( blue light there). I'll be getting a hose to blast my exhaust pipe b4 going down. Just curious, how do they inspect the speed warning thingy? by pressing the button or driving up to 70km/h on the machine or anything? Thanks in advance. Cheers
  4. Hi everyone. It has been a week since I obtained my Class 4 driving licence. I would like to share my Class 4 learning journey if those who are keen to take up Class 4 driving licence. Actually I tried to google as much as I can but without much information as not a lot of people willing to take Class 4/5. The last time I passed my Class 3 was Nov 2014. Was planning to take up Class 4 since 2016 but kept dragging until now. Anyway, back to main topic. When Jan 2022 starts, I decided to take up Class 4 as I don’t wish to procastinate any longer. The only driving centre to learn Class 4/5 is Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC). There is another valid driving centre that also teach Class 4/5. The company is Pan Country Driving Centre (PCDC). When I reach SSDC on 25 Jan 2022, I was told that SSDC slots are full. Only left with PCDC. I was reluctant to take up PCDC because I know nothing about PCDC. Previously I took up my Class 3 driving practical lessons at SSDC, I find that the instructors are very nice and patience. But oh well. I just have to give it a shot and try PCDC. For Class 4/5, you have to pay everything upfront. For my Class 4 package, I paid a full lump sum of SGD 1,115.52 for 1 theory lesson, 5 practical lessons, 1 Traffic Police test (TP) and 1 rental fee of the Class 4 vehicle. Really regret didnt take up my Class 4 few years ago, as the pricing was less than SGD 1K. So I managed to book the 5 practical lessons for the month of Feb 2022. The dates are 07, 16, 17, 18, 21 Feb 2022. The theory lesson basically is to attend and they will provide you a list of highway code with all the mandatory and warning road signs. At the end of the TP test, the TP will test you on the road signs and you have to explain to them what are the road signs means and what to do when driving a heavy vehicles when you see these signs. Basically you have to memorise the road signs and it is requirement during your Class 4 TP test. Previously I already knew that there will be rope tying and height measurement. So I managed to find Youtube on how to perform the rope tying and memorise the technique. I managed to learn the technique fast and have no issue with the rope tying. As for height measurement, it is pretty straight forward. The instructor will guide you how to estimate it. I won’t go much details on it. As for the 1st practical lesson, I mixed up the timing and came an hour late. But luckily the instructor managed to take me up for my lesson. It feels weird to drive the Class 4 vehicle because I don’t usually drive in Singapore. If I do, it will be usually in overseas. Mount kerb, strike kerb is pretty normal because I lack of driving experience. But overall, is quite fun to drive around the circuit and outside road. Cut long story short, after completing the 5 practical lessons, it is time to take my Class 4 TP test which I booked on 03 Mar 2022, 245pm. This timing is a very good timing as the traffic should not be heavy because the lunch time is over. Went for the TP test at 245pm. The lady at the front counter will inform you Test Vehicle Number. After that, I was brought to report to the vehicle and wait for the TP tester. Tester came, asked to demostrate the rope tying. Checked, no issue. Height measurement also no issue. Hop the vehicle and start the engine as per instructed. The tester conduct a briefing on how the test will be conducted. 1 immediate failure (IF) or/and 20 demerit points accumulated deem to have fail the test. Acknowledge and was asked to turn left and move off. 1st station done was at Directional Change. No issue. Next station was at Parallel Parking. No issue. Next station was at Crank Course. Came out wide turning. Turn left. Go straight and left turn bend. Strike curb when turning left. Immediate failure. Tester was quite disappointed but still allow me to did the rest of the circuit. No going outside public road. No issue with highway code. Ended up 12 demerits points and 1 immediate failure. Was told that the driving was Ok. But because strike kerb, he cannot pass me. Went up to Level 3 and book a re-test on 26 Mar 2022 (Sat), 0915am. Was feeling quite disappointed though. Thank god was a Sat. Normal bus lane is not applicable. It is also required to book 1 practical lesson before the TP test. So I managed to book 1 lesson on 25 Mar 2022. The practical lesson didn’t went well though. Still strike kerb in Vertical Parking and a lot of test vehicles during my lesson. Didn’t have the chance to practice hard enough. Came 26 Mar 2022. Woke up early and head straight to SSDC. Ate some breakfast at Woodlands Interchange. Reached SSDC around 8am plus. Waited until the lady at counter gather those taking TP test at 0915am. Same thing as the previous TP test. Reported to the test vehicle. That day, only 3 candidates including me. My tester came slightly late. I was the last to move off. The first 2 candidates move off first while I was waiting quite nervously for my tester. Finally my tester came and verify my IC and face before commencing the test. Rope tying and height measurement went smoothly. Hop on the test vehicle and was brief by the TP tester. This tester seems very professional and I had never encounter such tester who really go an extra miles to ensure the test candidate knows what he or she is doing. He conducted the briefing as per usual and ask me how do I check my blindspots. I demostrated to him and he acknowledged it. Thank goodness, the test vehicle was parked near to the slope and was instructed to do the slope first. So he instructed me to turn right when moving off. I was quite worried if he asked me to turn left because the previous test, I was asked to turn left and do some circuit tests and have to make half a round turn left to do slope. And I striked kerb during the left turning, as the turn is quite a tight corner for a Class 4 vehicle. I find that the slope location is quite away from the heavy vehicle circuit test. So I managed to perform the circuit pretty well except for Vertical Parking which I turned too early and require additional reverse movement. Other than that, not much issue in circuit. Went out the public road, perform U turn, Right Turn and Left Turn. Came back to driving centre. Went for the debrief room and was tested the highway verbal codes. Almost forgot one of the answer but managed to remember it. Tester show me the result. Passed with 18 points. Asked me to pass him my driving licence. Waited for 5 mins and came out hand me the driving licence and test checklist and told me that I passed. 18 points. The driving licence behind, he helped me paste the additional class of driving licence. There is an updated version for Class 3 where one can drive Ambulances and Medical Transport Vehicles, which is cool. So I was quite happy that I managed to close this chapter of taking up Class 4 driving course after so long. Reason for taking up Class 4 because I wish to drive a campervans in overseas such as New Zealand or Australia. Not sure whether the campervans unladen weight is how heavy so is better to take up Class 4 just in case. I was thinking whether to take up Class 5 but shall see how it goes. Meanwhile, take care everyone.
  5. With a varied choice of commercial vehicles designed to meet any business need and an established team trained to keep your vehicles in optimal condition, Cycle & Carriage Mercedes-Benz is the ideal logistics partner for any business, no matter its size. Vehicles suited for every journey You can never go wrong with Mercedes-Benz's efficient and capable offerings. With a varied fleet of options ranging from the Citan and Vito panel vans to the different variants of the Actros and Atego container trucks, the firm has a right-sized vehicle perfect for any journey and job. This means that as a business owner, sourcing for vehicles all can be done conveniently via the same one-stop solutions partner! Supporting you as you focus on what's important But it's more than just a wide choice of vehicles that partnering with Mercedes-Benz offers. With landmark vehicles such as the iconic short-bonnet trucks or the innovative high-speed racing car transporter, working with Mercedes-Benz also means that your business logistics is backed by more than 125 years of know-how when it comes to building commercial vehicles. And all this know-how comes distilled here into its Singapore-based operations as well, with your fleet being serviced by skilled-technicians and cutting-age diagnostic technology all located at the Cycle & Carriage's Pandan Garden facility. All this, of course, ensures that you can focus on all the other aspects of growing your business, be it looking for new opportunities, keeping your product relevant, or finding new growth opportunities. Making sure there are no interruptions to success While we're on the topic of vehicle maintenance, Cycle & Carriage also ensures that your business operations face minimal hiccups. Its technicians are not only certified and recognised in the Mercedes-Benz worldwide network, but Cycle & Carriage also uses only genuine replacement parts that meet with the high-quality standards that Mercedes-Benz builds its vehicles with. All this ensures that your operations are unlikely to meet with any unexpected interruptions. But even if you do run into trouble, there's always Cycle & Carriage's 24-hour roadside assistance to call upon. These won't put a significant drain on your business expenses either. With competitive labour rates and optimal service intervals (Vans 20,000km, Trucks 60,000/80,000km) for its vehicles compared to competitors, servicing your vehicles with Cycle and Carriage will bring down your overall operations costs in the long run. Already equipped as you move into the future Together with Mercedes-Benz, your business will be ready to take the step into the electric future as well, so you can easily bring down your business' carbon footprint. With models like the eVito Panel Van here in Singapore and offering a range of up to 327km alongside the e-Sprinter available in international markets, Mercedes-Benz is already all set to go all-electric along with you once you're ready to take your operations into an all-electric future. Your trusted business partner Are you ready to grow your business with Mercedes-Benz Cycle & Carriage? Visit Mercedes-Benz's website for more information about its fleet of vans and trucks, or contact Cycle & Carriage Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Sales hotline at 6568 4638 for more enquiries! *Images courtesy of Cycle & Carriage
  6. Would appreciate recommendations on models that are reliable and have reasonable service costs. Looking at those that are 7 years old or more or even COE renewal type. Any particular models to check out? Not sure if the kangos are ok or I should stick to Japanese brands. Thanks.
  7. This is from the recent Superbowl commercial...cute...
  8. hi guys, Need some input: I'm about to get a double cab pickup ( 2nd hand), was sourcing around for some insurance quotes, one agent got back to me with like a quote of almost $2k and tells me that premium for commercial vehicles increase year by year ( not like normal car, go down year by year due to NCB) i know the NCB cap is like 20%, but wtf, commercial vehicle so expensive meh? pick up will be registered under personal name ( no company involved) and this is possible as it is a double cab. But is it true insurance for these kind of vehicle so expensive? thanks in advance guys cheers
  9. Hi In light of increasing petrol prices, i am toying with the idea of registering a company in order to buy 2nd hand one of those small diesel vans with a 2nd row of seats (like Renault Kangoo or Opel Combo). Reason being my bro is getting licence soon so need to find a 2nd vehicle Has anyone done this, and what are the limitations? Speed/lane limit is one i know, as well as cannot go to JB (no big loss). Will there be any other complications/problems that might arise? i heard insurance will only cover passengers who are registered employees.... PS: i posted this qns elsewhere, but didnt get much response. Try my luck here....
  10. Dream Job and Yet Complain - Singapore Parody! Funny Commercial! This video has been around for quite sometime. If you see this for the first time, don't fall off from your chair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9v9_NWPh_g Massage Uncle Part II Massage Uncle Part III
  11. A commercial video by NTUC Insurance on National TV showing kids jumping off staircase in some HDB block. Should any kids follow the act and injured themselves, can one hold NTUC Insurance responsible?
  12. [laugh] LOL, them Thais damn creative! Enjoy this on a nice Friday!!!
  13. Hi bros and sis here, need help to recommend some contractors for doing the above. Opening a permanent kiosk space in town and need carpentry works/lightings etc. Have a draft drawing of what is needed but need more professional views and the overall quote for the materials needed. Thanks in advance.
  14. Hi, I have a question pertaining to renewal of COE for commercial vehicle and the lifespan expiry date of the vehicle. Scenario : The commercial van's COE is expriing in Mar 2017 (van registered in Nov 1998, COE was renewed once in Mar 2007 for 10 years). The lifespan expiry date is Nov 2018. If I renew the COE in Mar 2017 by 5 years with the lifespan expiring in Nov 2018, it will mean that I must deregister the vehicle by Nov 2018. Question: 1. Can I renew the COE given that the lifespan expiry date is in Nov 2018? 2. In this case, does LTA refund back the unused portion of the COE to me upon deregistration? 3. Is it worthwhile to do so? The condition of the van is very good and it is a waste to scrap in Mar 2017. Appreciate feedback from fellow members here. I understand can call LTA hotline to check, but it is always good to hear out different opinions. Thanks !
  15. Say someone has a new commercial B2 light industrial unit, TOP soon. How does one go about looking for tenant? assuming without agents' involvement? is it possible for the owner to settle the tenancy?
  16. Audi of America has released a new commercial for the new TT and they believe that the TT is capable of making your imagination a reality. Directed by Mouse McCoy and produced by the Bandito Brothers, the commerical, “Audi TT: Reality? Check.” uses the cool tilt-shift photography style to obtain the miniature effect. Yes everything you see in the spot is real! For those who want to see how it is done, there's a little behind-the-scene clip too... https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=86&v=vKW5_dYsd8s https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=154&v=XyOgFi4OG7o
  17. any one-stop insurance websites that i can get the cheapest quote for my company van?
  18. Finally, a decent commercial ... One that earn my rare thumbs up... And one that earn my tears .... If my kids are so well-behave or understanding, my wife and my life are really well worth living so far ...
  19. Hi Guys, If I were to broker a business transaction between 2 companies, is there a way whereby I can get the supplier or buyer to sign a legal document giving me a return for the deal without setting up a company myself? (i.e. I am represented by myself and not a company). Need advice from bros here If No 1 is possible, can I get the companies to sign an NDA with me? Appreciate advice from bros who are knowledgeable in legal terms.. Thanks !!
  20. Hi, is there any website that show the commercial shop rental rate within certain area? those below HDB blocks. thanks!
  21. By right commercial vehicle not suppose to enter JB, unless got wadever licence or road tax. Was thinking could i drive my company kangoo into JB? using the by left way. Anyone had tried driving commercial in and manage to siam the authorities, or what will be the consequence if i kana booked? If i not wrong, diesel vehcile not affected by the 3/4 tank rule, so i can go in empty tank to pump.
  22. The National Environmental Agency recently revealed that vehicles, especially diesel powered ones, are just as pollutive as a few years ago. Are we backwards when compared to the western continents in embracing clean diesel technologies? The figures say it all - 5,809 summons issued for emission-related offences for the first nine months of this year, compared to 6,381 in 2012 and 4,794 in the year before. Though it is arguable that this year saw a slight reprieve from last year - with three months to go but 500 cases less - the current figure is still substantially more than that of 2011’s. The legal limit for vehicle emission in Singapore is 50 Hartridge Smoke Units (HSU) - any vehicle caught exceeding the limit will be fined up to $5,000. Many see it as a natural course of actions. Diesel vehicles are often perceived as being pollutive, loud and unrefined. But on hindsight, it can actually mean that our local nation has been dilatory in adopting clean diesel technologies. We have spoken much about technological advancement in the field of combustion engines, especially those that run on diesel. The efficiency, refinement, and emission standard have been substantially improved, so much so that diesel engines have found their way into premium passenger cars. Diesel powered cars are particularly favoured over their petrol driven counterparts in the western continent. Fear not, though, as a new rule will kick in starting next year - a smoke opacity test that requires diesel cars to score an emission result of 40 HSU and below, before their road tax can be renewed.
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XviR7esUvo [thumbsup]
  24. http://dai.ly/x1mqm3t In its latest advertising effort, Lexus is asking buyers to 'wake up from the hypnotism' and seriously consider before making their purchases. What it is trying to hint at is that people, in general, think that German cars are better. Unsurprisingly, rivals such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW are roped into the commercial as the 'main culprits'. http://dai.ly/x1mqm6f While most of us would think that the pendulums are work of computer graphics, Lexus has also shown us how the interesting ad is made, with a 'behind-the-scenes' footage. Now jump to the video to catch the craftsmen at work.
  25. Did a search, didn't see this posted. Just wanted to share with MCF-ers. Careful when speeding,especially in places with blindspots. 110kmph might not be excessive speed on some roads (like highway), but 50kmph might be excessive speed on other roads (like school zones). Drive safe! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK0f0go72rw
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