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  1. MENU Singapore 70km/h speed limit for eight-seater passenger cars removed; LTA trials revised speed limit for mobile cranes By CYNTHIA CHOO Eight-seater passenger cars will be required to observe the same road speed limits as other passenger cars. Land Transport Authority/Facebook Eight-seater passenger cars will be required to observe the same road speed limits as other passenger cars. Published29 JANUARY, 2019 UPDATED 29 JANUARY, 2019 70 Shares SINGAPORE — The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will remove the speed limit for eight-seater passenger cars from Feb 1, given “advancements in vehicle safety standards”, it said on Tuesday (Jan 29). Currently, eight-seater passenger cars are subject to a vehicle speed limit of 70km/h, whereas other smaller passenger cars do not have vehicle speed limits. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads From next month, eight-seater passenger cars will be required to observe the same road speed limits as other passenger cars. “This is in line with the practice in other countries,” said the LTA. ADVERTISEMENT LTA will also begin a six-month trial during which the speed limit for mobile cranes with a laden weight exceeding 24,000kg will be increased from 20km/h to 40km/h. Currently, mobile cranes with a laden weight of up to 24,000kg have a vehicle speed limit of 40km/h, while mobile cranes with a laden weight of more than 24,000kg have a vehicle speed limit of 20km/h. LTA has received feedback from the industry that the speed limit of 20km/h is too low, resulting in longer travelling time on the road, which may cause driver fatigue. In view of industry feedback, LTA will commence a trial on Feb 1 to increase vehicle speed limits for mobile cranes with laden weights exceeding 24,000kg from 20km/h to 40km/h. “This decision takes into account improvements in vehicle technology and design that allow mobile cranes to travel safely at higher speeds, and is also in line with practice in other countries such as Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom,” said the authority. In Australia, the maximum speed limit for such vehicles is 40 to 50km/h. In the United Kingdom, it is 48km/h, and 70km/h in Hong Kong. During the trial, all mobile cranes will be required to adhere to the road speed limit or the vehicle speed limit of 40km/h, whichever is lower. Mr Jimmy Chua, the chairman of the Singapore Cranes Association (SCA), welcomed the trial. “These drivers also have to operate the cranes at the worksite and a slow travelling speed across a long distance may result in driving fatigue and workplace accidents,”
  2. Unbelievable action taken after a flight was over booked. How could this have taken place when it is not anyone's fault but the airline? The moment a screaming 'doctor' was KNOCKED OUT by cops and dragged off an overbooked United flight after he refused to leave when he was picked to give up his seat Read here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4396986/Passengers-film-moment-police-drag-man-United-plane.html
  3. Hi guys, I wish to change my ride passenger seat from manual to electric powered seats. Any recommendations?
  4. Wow didn’t know Seletar going to have one airport too?
  5. This thread is created to heighten the awareness toward road safety, from the perspective of all road users, including motorist, their passenger, as well as PMD user and pedestrian on the street. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I have included video / photos / articles in the post, so as to have more visual impact. All are welcome to share your thought and safety tips. Disclaimer: In some scenarios shown here, there is no clear cut who is right, or who is in the wrong, so please refrain from passing nasty remarks or unnecessary name calling. Thank you for your understanding and look forward to your fullest cooperation. Watch your young children https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1691559867543076/ https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1711858368846559/ Check before you open the door https://www.facebook.com/ivy.long.9066/videos/2406116846279310/ https://www.facebook.com/BehChiaLor/videos/2003404339915650/ Dismount and push your bicycle / PMD at crossing https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1703170139715382/ https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1773186526047076/ Keep a safety distance, do not tailgate https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1830222607010134/ Watch your surrounding, even if you have the right of way https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1703072596391803/ https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1825136280852100/ Stay away from a burning vehicle https://www.facebook.com/ChannelNewsAsia/videos/10154573784987934/ https://www.facebook.com/ChannelNewsAsia/videos/10154574190012934/ T.B.C. ...
  6. Hi Guys need some info. Is it true that if there isnt any airbag in the front passenger seat, then it is NOT against the law to put a child carseat there? If so, does anyone know that whether the front passenger airbag for the civic can be disabled? Reason I am asking is because I need to accomodate 2 carseats and still seat another 1 driver and 2 adult passengers in my civic. Thus I am trying to work out if i can put 1 carseat at the front passenger seat and 1 at the back seat.
  7. Hi all, I just wondering if we can register a passenger van ( Merc Vito or the Renault) as a S-plate vehicle to ferry 10 of our family in comfort.. priority is towards safety for the family and comfort.. I asked C&C and they have the Vianos (8 seater), but too ex ($195K), but the salesman say can register the diesel version as S-plate and no need pay diesel levy ($6-9k), but the road tax at $4k a yr Any bros or sis have this same dilemma? Whats your best choice vehicle as a big family carry all? Thanks for reading and your kind response..
  8. Hi bros,need some advice on my car jerking issue,my car is a 9 year old toyota corolla fielder with 34k mileage Previously it has jerking issue during acceleration(only jerks between 2000-2500rpm),after I went to a workshop and changed the fuel pump/fuel filter/fuel regulator/gas pedal sensor,the issue was solved However,these 2 days,I started ferrying my friends,one of them is 160kg and the other is around 85kg.When I accelerate on slopes or to overtake,the car will jerk(between 2000-2500rpm again)and lose power until I release the gas pedal,and accelerate again When my 160kg friend got off the car,the car has no issues and got the power again,I would like to ask if heavy weight could cause the jerking issue? thanks bros
  9. My car is due for scrap soon, and am thinking of getting another car. Am budget conscious and no not mind size, style or performance, but as wife and/or my dad might sometimes drive it too, am looking for a car that has auto transmission and also ABS (for basic safety concern). Old car is fine, and am thinking of the non-jap makes as cars of 4-8 yr old came in at time when yen was strong so jap makes should be more expensive? Am thinking of Chevrolet Aveo. Is that the cheapest car that comes with auto and ABS? Anyone has any advice on this? Much appreciated. tks.
  10. Imagine you are fetching a neighbor to work and this neighbor gives you a bar of chocolate. If you get into an accident, the injured neighbor is not covered by your private car insurance and he/she sues you. This is because private car insurance excludes "hire and reward" usage. Carrying of passengers with payment in this case. Anyone knows which insurer is willing to extend private car insurance to cover "hire and reward" ? Buying commercial car insurance is out of the question because you are not running a business and the payment is low.
  11. Taxi rider who did not do so promptly shares 15% of liability for her injuries, court hears http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/passengers-belt-up-quickly-or-else A cab passenger who was fastening her seat belt as the vehicle was moving off will share the blame for the serious injuries she suffered when the taxi and another vehicle were involved in a collision just 20 seconds into the ride. Dr Ishkawa Natsuko, 38, suffered skull, spinal and facial fractures and was taken to the Singapore General Hospital after the March 2012 accident. She stayed there for two weeks. The Singaporean is seeking compensation for medical expenses and treatment, loss of earnings and other items. She accepted 15 per cent liability in a negligence suit she filed in the High Court against cabby Goh Peng Choon and the driver of the other vehicle. Vehicle insurers initially resisted her claims, saying she was to blame wholly or partly for not fastening the seat belt before setting off. The novel case would help to settle the issue of when the liability to ensure seat belt use kicks in - when the car is stationary or when it is in motion. Under the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Wearing of Seat Belts) Rules 2011, the driver of a car has to ensure that every passenger is belted up, with some exceptions, such as medical cases. All three witnesses testified on the first day of the trial earlier this year before Judicial Commissioner Foo Tuat Yien ended it the next day, when the parties agreed between themselves that they would apportion blame by mutual consent. Dr Natsuko was fastening her seat belt after settling her things in the back seat when the collision took place, her lawyer Renuka Chettiar said in court papers. It is understood that the parties inspected the route taken by the cab driver after picking up Dr Natsuko from Leonie Hill and making a right turn into River Valley Road, where the collision occurred. Given that the cab did not speed off after picking her up and was slowed by the turn it made, it is believed there would have been time for Dr Natsuko to fasten the seat belt while the vehicle was moving, and this would have been factored into the deliberations. Lawyer Anthony Wee, who defended Mr Goh on behalf of the vehicle insurers, said the other motorist had contributed to the collision by failing to keep a proper lookout. Mr Christopher Fernandez, who represented the second defendant, Mr Low Ka Hoe, countered that the cabby was to blame for failing to give way when coming out of a minor road onto a major road. As there were no local precedents in this area, it is understood that cases from abroad - which suggested a 10 per cent to 20 per cent contributory blame on the injured party - were considered. In a 1975 English case, Lord Justice Alfred Denning ruled that if the injuries could be prevented altogether by the use of a seat belt, then the damages payable should be reduced by 25 per cent. If the failure to wear a seat belt made a considerable difference, then the damages should be cut by 15 per cent. But if the injuries would have been the same if a seat belt had been worn, then the damages payable should not be reduced at all. That case has been cited, with modifications, as a standard reference in several Commonwealth countries such as Australia and Canada. According to the judgment order issued by the judicial commissioner, both defendants agreed to bear 85 per cent of the damages payable to Dr Natsuko. Of this 85 per cent liability, Mr Goh would bear 85 per cent of the share, while Mr Low would bear 15 per cent. The case has now proceeded to assess the amount of damages payable to Dr Natsuko, who is seeking more than $300,000. A High Court case-management conference was held last month.
  12. Dear Sifus, kindly help, afraid was caught picking up my daughter just 45 min ago (around 1810hrs) at Tanah Merah MRT 2 taxis there waiting, stop behind the second taxi to pick up my daughter who is already waiting LTA officer nearby taking camera photos (seems like taking photos of the taxi and my car) Did not block any vehicles for that few seconds and did not cross over the bus lane earlier (confirm dotted bus lane when I filtered from 2nd lane to left most lane) Have I committed any offence? If offence, can I appeal that I am not aware not supposed to use taxi stand to pick up anyone (sincerely don't know or perhaps did not pay attention to my highway code yrs ago). search this forum, no clues. additional questions - how abt bus stop? can drop off (if no bus lane)?
  13. Just watching Crash Test Dummies on Discovery Science. Shows how dummies are used to make cars safer. Made me recall seeing some adult front seat passengers in cars with a baby or toddler carried in their lap. They don't realise...(cannot be don't care right?) how dangerous it can be if the car rear ends the vehicle in front or driver e brakes....the child could be launched forward by the momentum and crash into the windscreen. Child seats are also life savers...i suggest parents be more strict with their children when it comes to seat belts. Even for short drive to school less than 2km away, I insist my kids put on their seat belts. You can be the safest driver in the world, but there are many who are reckless or bobo.
  14. hi all, im driving a hyundai getz 1.1m for the past 1.5 years, no major issues at all. after 4 dec, every time it rains the water is somehow leaking into the passenger footwell area, and i mean its gushing in. ive dried out the floor mat but the carpet itself is soaked n can only hope for it to dry over time. i have no idea where this leak is and how the water is getting in. i took the car to one workshop, they said that its an aircon issue and they wanna clean out the entire blower, cost S200. took to another worksop, the guy looked at the car for 1 hour but could not find any leak. any kakis or getz owner face this issue before and any way to solve this? any help is appreciated.. even if u can suggest any workshop who have come across something like this. thanks all!
  15. https://www.facebook.com/Roads.sg/videos/1073212819377787/
  16. Let me cut it short. My aunty sat a taxi and was involved in an accident. She suffered some concussion and impact. Was admitted to hospital. My concern now is, is she able to claim her medical bill resulting from the accident. How much and what benefits will she be entitled? wad class of ward can she stay in? She can;t tolerate the heat in Class C wards. how can she go about claiming? engage a lawyer or leave it to the taxi company? can she claim for loss of income since she cannot go to work? read http://www.mycarforum.com/index.php?showtopic=2644240 for accident details.
  17. As above for discussion. Example - NX200 wheelbase is 2660mm, whilst Forrester 2.0 is 2640mm. But I "felt" the NX200 a bit tight as compared with the latter. Food for thought.
  18. http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/caught-camera-passenger-hurls-abuse-cabby Angry that such idiots exist in Singapore. Even if one is a paying customer, there is a more dignified way to talk to the cabby. I think some other forums have CSIed the passenger liao.... Old people will say this sort really "bo ka sih"....ill disciplined.
  19. 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.
  20. Hi ppl Any recommendation on workshop to get a replacement for the above? Probably would require a new set, but if there is recommendation on 2nd hand part, if would be good too. TIA
  21. SYF77

    Tips on driving in hazy conditions

    Over the past week, the PSI index has been on steroids, thanks to our Indonesian neighbour. In addition to caring for our respiratory system, drivers should take extra care when cruising on the road. Here are some tips on driving in hazy conditions: Turn on fog lights (if equipped) - Fog lights differ from driving lights in the way they project the light. The beam projected by fog lights is usually wide and flat so that it stays close to the road surface and minimises reflection by the haze. They also better illuminate the sides of the road. Keep a wider distance from the vehicle in front - Increase your count distance by five seconds instead of the normal two seconds behind another vehicle. Do not speed. Use your low beams - The visibility in front of you will decrease sharply in hazy condition. The light from high beam headlights will be reflected by the thick haze. Do not let your car drift - There's a natural tendency to wander into the middle of the road when visibility gets bad. Be sure to keep yourself in your lane. Seek assistance from front passenger - Ask your passengers to help keep an eye out for oncoming cars and obstacles on the road. Use the right edge of the road as a guide - This can help you avoid running into oncoming traffic or being blinded by oncoming headlights. Drive safely and pray that hazy days will go away soon.
  22. Some couples like to make out in their vehicle. That is perfectly fine if the vehicle is not on the move. However, it may turn out to be a dangerous act if the man is driving at the same time. This is the case involving a Mexican man named Luis Briones who faces multiple charges as he found drink driving and having sex at the same time. The female passenger was ejected from the Ford Explorer after the accident. She suffered deep cuts on her face and head, and was found naked outside the SUV. The 25-year old Briones tried to drive away from the scene of the accident, leave his passenger behind but a witness pulled the keys away from the ignition. He was later apprehended behind a cactus with only one shoe on and his shorts inside-out. So, no matter how hot your lady passenger is, concentrate on the task at hands. Other things can wait.
  23. The driver should not take up cabbie job with such mentality, however wrong of the passenger that I won't know, this is part of a cabbie service to be render towards passenger as value customer.
  24. I know both sides have its pros and cons. Which side are you putting the car seat at, assuming you have an infant in your family?
  25. Really WTF to the max !!!!???? A passenger overslept on an SBS Transit bus and then took over the wheel to drive himself home. The incident happened on January 8, 2013, from 9.06pm to 9.24pm at Buona Vista bus interchange when a 27-year-old man without a licence took another bus from the interchange to drive home, reported Lianhe Wanbao. The bus was found at a bus stop along Commonwealth Avenue near Holland Avenue through the use of the global positioning system (GPS). It was empty and not damaged in any way. On Thursday afternoon, the tour guide who had driven the bus home admitted to three charges which included stealing a bus worth $300,000, operating a bus without possessing a class 4 licence and not having a third party insurance cover while doing so. He was sentenced to nine months and two weeks in prison and will be suspended from driving for a year. The man had boarded the bus around Little India and had fallen asleep during the journey. The bus driver did not notice his sleeping passenger upon reaching the interchange. When the man woke up, he alighted from the bus and boarded another which still had the keys in the ignition. He then drove the bus home. In his plea, the man said he just wanted to reach home safely. The bus was found to be missing when the bus driver returned from his break. This is reportedly the first case in which a bus has been stolen here. The man could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.
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