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Do you have an illegal licence plate?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 22, 2008

Giving a car a Continental touch with a number plate that resembles those used in the European Union might be all the rage, but it is, in fact, illegal. At least two number plate manufacturers have been importing the moulds for these plates directly from Europe, fonts and all, at the cost of up to $80,000.

But the EU number plates use letter and number fonts that are smaller than the Land Transport Authority requires them to be, and their colours might be against the rules, too.

For instance, letters and numbers on licence plates on Singapore registered cars must be 70 mm high and 50 mm wide. (story)


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Bus fares going up to $10

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 11, 2007

School bus fares will go up by at least $5 to $10 in January, sparked by the increase in diesel prices in recent months. The Singapore School Transport Association chairman Wong Ann Lin said the last time fares were raised was in January last year.

The association is an industry body that represents 90 per cent of school bus operators here. It has about 1,000 members and a fleet of 2,000 buses.

Mr Wong said a survey commissioned by the association two years ago showed that the average annual gross income of the operators was $20,802 in 2005 – less than their average expenditure of $30,590.

He said the expected fare hike will still not be able to cover the rising costs faced by the operators. (story)

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Taxi driver’s clean up their act

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 21, 2007

Errant taxi drivers are cleaning up their act as stiffer penalties for flouting the rules take hold this week. Not a single cabby was found overcharging, touting or refusing to pick up passengers on Monday, the first day when stiffer penalties for offenders kicked in, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday.

This is in sharp contrast to just a week ago, when 36 cabbies were nabbed in enforcement operations carried out by the LTA from Nov 6 to 17 at several spots such as Boat Quay, Chijmes, Clarke Quay, Mustafa Centre, Orchard Towers, Harbour Front, Sentosa and Tanah Merah Ferry terminal.

A third of these were caught flouting rules after Nov 12 – when stiffer penalties under the Vocational Licensing Points System (VLPS) were announced.

Since the beginning of its crackdown on errant cabbies in October, the LTA has nabbed 116 taxi drivers for various offenses. (story)

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LTA investigates 39 cabbies for violations

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 7, 2007

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) nabbed another 39 taxi drivers for soliciting, overcharging or refusing to send passengers. In a five-day operation which ended Nov 3, seven cabbies were found overcharging while another seven were caught touting.

The rest were had refused to convey passengers.

The raid took place at several spots such as Sentosa, Clarke Quay, Orchard Towers and Boat Quay.

Several of the errant taxi drivers are likely to have their vocational licences suspended or revoked, once LTA has completed its investigations.

The suspension could be for a period of two weeks, four weeks or even two months, depending on the demerit points accumulated by the cabbies for the offences.


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Traffic easing on CTE

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 5, 2007

Traffic flow on the southbound Central Expressway (CTE) showed some signs of improvement on Monday, possibly because motorists tried to avoid paying the record $5 to use certain slip roads. Motorists heading down the CTE from the Pan-Island Expressway in the morning paid a record $5 for using that route.

The increased charges at several Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantries kicked in on Monday as part of the third wide-scale ERP increase this year.

In particular, the gantry located at the PIE slip road to the CTE went up from $4.50 to $5 between 8.30am and 9am.

The Land Transport Authority said that traffic speeds on the CTE (southbound) showed some improvement on Monday and was ‘smooth flowing’ during the ERP charging hours. (story)

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