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  1. The lift stops on the eighth floor. But there is a ninth. To get there, people enter an office pantry on the eighth storey, key in a password on a keypad on the wall, and a door - disguised as a display shelf - unlocks. Behind it are two flights of stairs. Go up, and one finds an entire floor spanning over 5,000 sq ft. In what is the first known case of its kind in Singapore, a light industrial building in Alexandra Road has been discovered to have illegally included a hidden floor. The size of eight three-room HDB flats, it boasts various living spaces with workstations, beds, a kitchen and a meeting room. The hidden floor came to light last week when the authorities, acting on a tip-off, conducted inspections of The Alexcier. The Building and Construction Authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told The Sunday Times that the floor is "unauthorised". They will be taking enforcement action against those responsible. A strata-certified plan of The Alexcier obtained by The Sunday Times showed that there are supposed to be only eight storeys and one basement in the multi-use light industrial B1 building. It was built by local developer Chiu Teng Group in 2005. A company director of Chiu Teng Group, reached via phone, declined comment. He did not give his name. The boss of the company that owns the eighth-floor unit admitted to The Sunday Times that it had built the extra space above. It has been owned by real estate investment firm ZACD Investments since 2008, and is now leased to property and asset management company ZACD Posh. Both are under the ZACD Group, which hires some 300 employees. Mr Stanley Yeo, ZACD Group co-founder and group chief executive officer, said: "It's not an additional floor. It's a racking system. We built it four to five years ago for storage purposes. It's only about 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft." A racking system is a shelving storage system, similar to what furniture retailer Ikea uses to store large items at its pickup hall. The hidden ninth floor at The Alexcier boasts various living spaces with workstations, beds, a kitchen and a meeting room. But The Sunday Times understands that the ninth floor is as big as the eighth-floor unit, which is about 5,200 sq ft, excluding a rooftop terrace. A video of SCDF officers inspecting the clandestine unit last Tuesday shows that it - unlike a racking system - is constructed like an enclosed floor, with interior fittings. Some business owners working in the same building said they had no inkling that there was a ninth floor. But they had suspected that people were living on the eighth floor after seeing foreigners taking the cargo lift to it late at night. One business owner who asked not to be named said: "A few years ago, the security guards were already talking about people living on the eighth floor. They were told by the owner to let these people into the building. Some of them are foreigners. About 15 to 18 of them come here after 10.45pm every night." But Mr Yeo insisted that no one was living on the ninth floor, which he said was solely used as storage space. The furniture there, including beds, was previously used in his company showroom, he said. As for the workstations, he said he had moved up some of the computers from the eighth floor after his company's IT system was hacked. "Nobody lives there, but we have people who work overtime and overnight. We have a software engineering business and people work late. They are not there most of the time. Only once in a while," said Mr Yeo. He added that he has been told by SCDF that his additional structure is not compliant and he will be sealing off the stairway later this month. ZACD Posh is moving out of the unit to an office at Spring Singapore because it is cutting down on some operations, said Mr Yeo. A potential foreign investor who viewed it recently said she was not told that there was an extra floor in the unit, even though she had questioned the eighth-floor unit's low ceiling given that the roof looked high from the exterior. When The Sunday Times visited the premises last Friday, things were already packed in boxes. The architect of The Alexcier said that he designed it with eight floors. Mr Chng Beng Guan, managing director of 3HPArchitects, added that it would not have passed inspections by the authorities ahead of getting its Temporary Occupation Permit if there was a ninth floor then. The illicitly constructed floor means that the owners had dodged paying a development charge to the URA. Based on the current rate of $3,850 per sq m for the sector that The Alexcier is located in, Mr Yeo should have paid over $1 million for the additional floor area if it had been approved. But for others, the discovery of the ninth floor has also raised questions about the building's structural soundness, given the additional load that may not have been factored in from the get-go. A former member of the building's management council, who asked not to be named, said: "We have been holding our meetings in the eighth-floor unit all these years and none of us knew about this ninth floor. "This is a safety issue that the authorities need to address quickly." The illicitly constructed floor means that the owners had dodged paying a development charge to the URA. Based on the current rate of $3,850 per sq m for the sector that The Alexcier is located in, Mr Yeo should have paid over $1 million for the additional floor area if it had been approved. The Alexcier's architect, Mr Chng, said the eighth floor - which comes with a 6.5m-high ceiling - will be able to take the extra load "because that was designed for an industrial racking system which is to take a lot of goods". Experts not related to the building are mixed in their views on whether the extra floor will pose any risk. Engineer David Ng, a member of The Institution of Engineers, Singapore's civil and structural technical committee, said an unauthorised extra floor would usually not have been taken into consideration in the design of building foundation and supporting columns. "This additional loading could result in a reduction of the required design factor of safety and if the additional load is significant, it may cause the supporting structure to be overstressed." Mr Albert Loh, who runs a structural, civil and mechanical engineering consultancy firm, said that "the biggest danger is getting the wrong person" to add in the extra floor. "If so, the floor is unsafe." Under the Building Control Act, anyone found guilty of carrying out unauthorised building works will be liable upon conviction to a fine of up to $200,000 and/or jail of up to two years. wow this building got 机关 like those in movies https://www.straitstimes.com/business/property/illegal-floor-found-in-industrial-building
  2. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/4-drivers-convicted-of-providing-illegal-chauffeured-services-using Huat ah!!! SINGAPORE - Four drivers have been fined for providing illegal chauffeured services using unlicensed vehicles, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement on Wednesday (Feb 13). The drivers have each been convicted of using a vehicle as an unlicensed public service vehicle, and driving a vehicle without valid insurance. They were each fined a total of $1,400 and disqualifed from driving all classes of vehicles for 12 months. LTA said that three of the four vehicles used were forfeited in 2018, while the decision over the fourth vehicle is still pending. All four vehicles were foreign-registered vehicles. In all four cases, investigations revealed that the drivers had ferried passengers from Singapore to Johor Bahru for an agreed fare without a Public Service Vehicle Licence (PSVL). In 2018, LTA caught 13 drivers using unlicensed foreign-registered vehicles to provide chauffeured services. Enforcement operations were conducted at visitor hot spots such as Changi Airport, HarbourFront Centre and East Coast Seafood Centre, LTA said. Deterrence operations were also conducted at these locations through the uniformed presence of LTA enforcement officers. LTA urged members of the public against engaging chauffeured services provided by persons using unlicensed vehicles, as these vehicles might not be sufficiently insured against third-party liabilities. Passengers may not be entitled to insurance recourse if they are involved in a traffic accident while travelling in such vehicles, the authority added. LTA group director of traffic and road operations Chandrasekar Palanisamy said: "Our enforcement officers have cracked down on these unlicensed public service vehicles to protect our commuters and our drivers." "We work closely with various agencies to obtain the information and investigate these incidents," he added. "LTA views these infringements seriously, and we are committed to taking severe action against offenders." Under the Road Traffic Act, all vehicles, including foreign-registered ones, are not allowed to provide taxi or chauffeured services in Singapore without a valid PSVL. Any person caught using a vehicle that is not issued with a valid PSVL to provide taxi or chauffeured services shall be prosecuted, LTA said. Those convicted face a fine of up to $3,000, or a jail term not exceeding six months, or both. The vehicle used may also be forfeited.
  3. For discussion. In many countries in Europe it's already banned. At least it should not be legal to post videos freely on social media, except for traffic accident legal proceedings. But here, everyday we see so many nonsense videos posted on social media, number plates, faces and all, for the most trivial stuff. Shaming each other, CSI and turning people's life upside down, making them jobless etc etc, has become like an entertainment for so many in SG. Like they say, sinkie pwn sinkie, can sleep well tonight! Austria Status: Banned Using a dash cam in Austria is illegal, full-stop. First-time offenders will be slapped with a whopping €10,000 fine, with repeat offenders fined €25,000. In fact, it’s not even legal to own a dash cam. Be sure to leave yours behind if you’re planning to head there on your trip. Belgium Status: Legal, with conditions Belgium is a lot more relaxed than Austria on the issue. You can both own and use one, but only for ‘private use’. What that means to drivers is that if you’re involved in an incident you’ll need to inform all other parties before submitting the footage as evidence. France Status: Legal, with conditions French dash cam laws are largely similar to those in the UK, in that there are rules on where dash cams can be placed within the vehicle: it cannot obstruct the driver’s view. Like its smaller neighbour Belgium, France also restricts dash cams to ‘private use’ – in this case, that means that you can’t upload the footage to the internet. If you record any evidence, make sure that it goes directly to the police. Germany Status: Legal, with conditions Germany may be famed for its delimited ‘autobahn’ that lets motorists largely speed at will, but it has still seen fit to place some restrictions on dash cam usage. Like France and the UK, it must be placed so as not to obstruct the driver’s view. In compliance with the country’s strict privacy laws, any footage shared publicly must have faces and number plates obscured (in fact, ideally they should not be recorded at all). Luxembourg Status: Banned Head south from Belgium, and the rules don’t change all that much. While at least owning a dash cam is allowed in Luxembourg, using one is still totally illegal. Make sure it stays in the glovebox for the duration of your time there. Norway Status: Legal, with conditions Norway is probably the mainland European nation with rules most similar to the UK’s. Its only regulation on dash cams is that it’s installed out of the way of the driver’s view. Portugal Status: Banned It may be totally legal to use a dash cam on your drive through Spain to get there, but once you arrive in Portugal it is neither legal to own nor use a dash cam, so leave yours at home if you’ll be driving there. Switzerland Status: Legal, but heavily conditional Saving the most complex for last, dash cam usage is a very muddy area in Switzerland. While they’re legal in theory, it’s all but impossible to get any use out of them while still obeying strict Swiss data protection laws. For a start, they can never just be used for entertainment or documenting a journey – there has to be a legal purpose to recording. Then they must conform to the Swiss ‘principal of transparency’: it needs to be obvious that those being recorded are being recorded. As dash cams are discreet by nature, and other drivers are usually only aware of their existence after an accident occurs, that’s a box likely to remain unticked.
  4. Unfair

    Illegal U-turn

    Hi bros, i made an illegal u turn this morning at Seah Im there. when completing the turn... i saw 2 white ants slightly in front of the bus stop there, with clipboards... Likely they catching bus lane offenders... do you think they will take down my car plate no. for the illegal u-turn ?? i think its a $70 dollar fine right ? any demerit pts ?
  5. And now this https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/errant-singapore-motorists-barred-leaving-malaysia-10998904?cid=fbcna Pattern more than badminton KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists from Singapore with outstanding summonses should be barred from leaving Malaysia until they settle the amount owed, said Malaysian senator Rabiyah Ali in parliament on Wednesday (Dec 5). Rabiyah said the proposal is aimed at curbing Singaporean drivers who use the country’s highways as a testing ground for their vehicles’ speed. “The problem pertaining to the illegal racing and reckless driving by luxury car drivers and high-powered motorcycles from Singapore has been a tough challenge for us to solve.
  6. Rogersk8ter

    Aftermarket DRL illegal?

    Aftermarket Daylight Running Lights illegal? Im thinking of installing a set. No need those very bright type. Also one qns...why some driver switch on their DRL, fog light and headlight all at once? esp those super white types. Not suppose to switch on fog n DRL at night rite? Advice....
  7. SINGAPORE — Drivers in Malaysia-registered cars are flouting Singapore's laws by providing point-to-point transport services for tourists here. Under the law, all cars without a Public Service Vehicle Licence — including Malaysia-registered private cars — cannot be used to provide taxi or chauffeured private-hire car services in Singapore. Singapore drivers offering chauffeured services told TODAY that the problem has been around a long time, but some of them have noticed that more Malaysia-registered cars are muscling in on the Singapore market in the past few months. They are typically seen picking up tourists from Changi Airport Terminals 2 and 4, and ferrying them to hotels in the city-centre. They have also been observed shuttling tourists to and from major tourist attractions here, such as Sentosa resort island, Gardens by the Bay and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, the drivers said. When TODAY contacted Malaysia-based transport companies to enquire about rates for a trip from Changi Airport to a hotel in downtown Singapore, at least five companies — Big World Transport, Ben Travel, 168 Go Heng, Ace Transport and HBC Transport Agency — offered the service. The cost of a one-way trip for four riders on a seven-seat Malaysia-registered vehicle ranged between S$50 and S$80, they said. One company, 168 Go Heng, said that it would cost S$90 if riders took a Singapore-registered vehicle, which will be S$40 more than a Malaysia-registered one. By and large, payment is collected after services are rendered, although one firm asked for payment via "banking". These firms tout their services on social-networking platforms such as Facebook, and mobile applications such as Carousell or their own websites. Many list mobile-phone numbers, so customers may book their services through messaging apps WhatsApp or WeChat, or via SMS (short message service). They advertise round-the-clock trips to and from Changi Airport and major tourist attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore and Resorts World Sentosa, as well as journeys between Singapore and Malaysia. When told of the concern that such a service was illegal, a representative of Ben Travel said: "If you are scared, you can book a Singapore car. Never mind." Responding to the same concern, a representative from HBC Transport Agency showed TODAY proof of the company's Malaysian business registration, adding: "We are a registered company." When this reporter identified himself and sought official comments, the Ben Travel representative said that his company was registered as a travel firm and has not encountered any problems at Singapore Customs after the necessary company documentation is presented. "(We do) not go to the Singapore taxi stands (to) take the customer. I just take the customers (through) all the bookings (received by) my travel company… (for) transport," he added. The HBC Transport Agency representative said that its drivers pick up customers daily and have not faced "any problem". It would be a problem if Malaysian drivers competed with Singapore taxi drivers for riders, he added. Addressing this issue, a Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesperson told Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao last week that all vehicles without a Public Service Vehicle Licence, including Malaysia-registered private cars, are not allowed to provide taxi or chauffeured private-hire car services in Singapore. Between January 2016 and June 2018, the authority took action against 20 Malaysia-registered vehicles which flouted the rules. TODAY has also reached out to the LTA for comment. SINGAPORE DRIVERS UP IN ARMS AS BUSINESS SUFFERS Drivers providing chauffeured services here are vexed with the growing presence of Malaysia-registered cars which they see as a threat to their rice bowl, saying their business has been hit by up to half since as early as a year ago. Some among them also felt that they were undercut by their counterparts from across the Causeway, with the Malaysian drivers offering services at as much as half the rates they offer. A driver, who wanted to be known only as Mr Lim, 50, said that these Malaysian drivers are unfamiliar with the roads here, as he has been stopped by them on several occasions, requesting directions to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, for instance. They also do not hold a vehicle Certificate of Entitlement, nor do they fork out road tax or provide passenger insurance in the event of an accident. "A major concern is they will spoil the image of Singapore, because should any accident happen, the tourists will not be able to claim the personal insurance (since the services) are not legal," he added. Mr Lim reported this matter to the LTA last month. A fellow driver, who identified himself only as Mr Kelvin, 32, said: "We (Singapore drivers) have the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence and the Taxi Driver's Vocational Licence. We're allowed to do such jobs from all the apps… (and provide) all the details they need — car licence, licence-plate number, insurance — but these Malaysian drivers really (don't have to do anything)," he said. The Singapore authorities should compel Malaysian drivers wishing to provide chauffeured services in Singapore to register a business here, Mr Kelvin added. Source: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/malaysian-transport-firms-providing-illegal-services-here-make-singapore-drivers-see-red So this is the reason why I’ve been seeing more and more msian car on our road.
  8. From 1Sep illegal to photocopy and collect info Liddat car dealer how? Optional("Collecting NRIC numbers and making copies of the identity card will be illegal from Sept 1, 2019")
  9. In the past week, I've turned in a few times from Farrer Road to Empress Road, and witnessed the following, all caused by vehicles u-turning illegally at the T-junction where the road widens: 1) Happened to me personally, a car tried to u-turn while not properly checking its blind spot, causing me to swerve away dangerously. 2) Car turned in at high speed into the driveway of a private house to facilitate u-turn, forcing a pedestrian to jump away to avoid being hit 3) Illegal u-turn made at high speed while a car was (legally) turning from the T-junction into Empress Road, a near miss. What makes things worse is that there is an actual legal U-turn on Farrer Road just a few hundred meters further down, so these potential accidents were caused by drivers wanting to save some seconds or minutes. Looks like this is a prime area for TP enforcement...
  10. More than half of Singaporeans download music and videos illegally, even while they condemn piracy as a form of theft. A survey of 900 people last year by Singapore-based research consultancy Sycamore Research and Marketing showed that 61 per cent of people here aged 16 to 64 download movies and videos illegally over the Internet. And 17 per cent do so at least once a week. This is even though 66 per cent conceded what they were doing was stealing. Over 180 people from the media and creative industries were told of the findings yesterday at an event at GV Grand cinema. Ang Kwee Tiang, regional director of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, said the local music recording industry was in dire straits and urged responsible online behaviour. What was an almost S$90 million (US$71 million) industry in 1997 made just S$20 million (US$15.8 million) in 2012, Ang said. This despite the availability of "legal and reasonably priced alternatives in Singapore" like Amped, a streaming service, and Rdio, an Internet radio service, he added. He called for quick steps to make illegal content less available - a challenge when most illegal content is easily accessible and hosted overseas. Piracy is rampant among youth in particular, with seven out of 10 between the ages of 16 and 24 downloading illegal content. Some said piracy has become such a social norm that they do not think twice about it. "Everybody does it and everybody is used to it, so it doesn't feel like a crime," said a 29-year-old marketing manager, who visits piracy site The Pirate Bay to download United States TV shows at least twice a week. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/1-2-singaporeans-download-illegal-music-videos-poll-20140319
  11. Check this out. This was the carpark near Holland Drive food centre. Picture is self-explanatory.
  12. Today is Sunday, alot of illegal parking in my area, usually I just closed two eyes, but some are downright inconsiderate, blocking ramp for trolleys/wheelchairs for hours with driver nowhere in sight.. Just realized TP dun catch illegal parking anymore, have reported one super inconsiderate illegal parking online at LTA/Onemotoring.. Please report online for any 'inconsiderate' illegal parking, thanks.. Ranting over..
  13. Trio seen allegedly poaching for shellfish and crabs at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/trio-seen-allegedly-poaching-shellfish-and-crabs-sungei-buloh-wetland-reserve
  14. Hi Folks as the topic title stated . Is there a need to apply any permit? or can just install
  15. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/vehicles-with-illegal-mods-to-undergo-more-frequent-inspections SINGAPORE - From next month (Nov 1), motorists caught with illegally-modified engines or exhaust systems in their vehicles for a second or subsequent time will be subjected to more frequent mandatory vehicle inspections. Under this enhanced inspection regime, second-time offenders will be required to bring their vehicles for mandatory inspections every six months for a period of two years, while third-time or subsequent offenders will need to bring their vehicles for mandatory inspections every three months for a period of two years. This represents a more stringent inspection regime as compared to that for normal vehicles, which are typically inspected once every one or two years, depending on their age and type. "Any owner who does not comply with the inspection regime is guilty of an offence and can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to three months on conviction for the first offence," the Land Transport Authority said in a statement Wednesday (Oct 28). "On conviction for a second or subsequent offence of failing to comply, the maximum penalty will be doubled." This latest move will complement existing penalties to deter motorists from modifying their vehicle engines or exhaust systems illegally. Any person who is convicted of an illegal modification can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed for up to three months, for the first offence. Repeat offenders can be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to six months. In addition, if a vehicle is found with a tampered engine, it will need to be deregistered and the owner may not be granted scrap rebates. The LTA said illegal modifications can create serious safety and environmental hazards. Once a vehicle's engine or exhaust system is modified without due certification and approval, the existing vehicle components may not be able to handle the increased power or speed. Such modifications may also affect the durability and reliability of a vehicle. Currently, motorists may choose to legally install aftermarket exhaust systems that are certified to be suitable for the specific vehicle make and model. These exhaust systems, which are specifically designed and engineered for a particular vehicle make and model, will have undergone testing either by the vehicle manufacturer or by independent test laboratories, to ensure compliance with internationally recognised standards.
  16. This is a discussion on what you think SHOULD be the law. Should lane splitting be illegal or not? Why do I ask? Last night I saw an accident, huge huge jam on the PIE, I don't know the cause, but my educated guess is that it was lane splitting motorbikes that were involved. I also saw a lorry clip a lane splitting motorbike around 5 months ago. I have had a couple of close calls because of speeding lane splitting bikes. Should it be allowed or not? If you were the Minister of Transport, what would you do?
  17. I had this thought earlier while watching a few reckless driving videos.. let's say a car is parked illegally (no hazard light, parked illegally at gear P, engine off), either at the side of the road or at double yellow line at industrial areas such as ubi or kaki bukit.. and lets say the car got hit by another car or truck and we witnessed it. If the driver says he don't want to pay us the damage charge private settlement, can we claim insurance thou we parked illegally ? Can we force the driver to pay private settlement ? And lets say it's a hit and run , can we put the video clips online thou we parked illegally in the first place ? Just my thoughts. If let's say I'm the victim , I don't know how to convince the other driver to pay up private settlement cos it seems im in the wrong firstly and how to approach if the driver said 'you yourself illegal park, why must pay u? Any thoughts?
  18. Thaiyotakamli

    France Made Working After 6pm Illegal

    When? Tell me when Our beloved gahmen pass this law instead of squeezing lemons??? More information: http://www.theguardian.com/money/shortcuts/2014/apr/09/french-6pm-labour-agreement-work-emails-out-of-office
  19. As per topic, would you report TP if it was you?
  20. Anyone got caught b4? *touchwood* my friend got pulled over during the weekend for having a snail. haha.. does he need to find a stock exhaust to put back? or just any exhaust that passes emission(sound/co2)? pls advise..
  21. Up for awareness, those with loud or modified exhaust do take note! http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/lta-officers-seen-inspecting-car-for-illegal-modifications-at-toa-payoh-carpark LTA officers seen inspecting car for illegal modifications at Toa Payoh carpark Posted on 19 August 2014 | 3,334 views | 9 comments A Stomper came across officers from the Land Transport Authority inspecting a Lotus car for illegal exhaust modifications at a multi-storey carpark in Toa Payoh. According to the Stomper, this was after residents complained about the car being noisy. Said the Stomper: "LTA officers went up to a HDB multistorey carpark in Toa Payoh to check a Lotus car for illegal exhaust modifications." "A neighbor complained that the car was too noisy when he was on his way home, and that it disturbed those who were trying to sleep."
  22. literally is ownself check ownself ...hahaha
  23. Hi. I'm new here. Some questions need to ask here. Found car not working the very next day I top up full tank petrol... Not going to repair the 9.9 yr old car so have to tow my car to scrapyard these few days. Anywhere to sell the petrol away legally? Is it easy to get the petrol out? Which LTA appointed scrapyard give a better price?
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