If you are from a country where you drive on the right hand side of the road, be prepared to have a bit of a shock when you visit Singapore. Singapore is much like many western nations where you drive on the left hand side. Once you get used to this, there are certain other regulations and situations which you need to be aware of, to avoid trouble. The rules are a little complex especially at junctions, while overtaking and at roundabouts. Additionally, Singapore has certain restricted zones which you need to be conscious of, while driving. While Singapore indeed is a fine city, as a driver you end up paying fines if you don’t obey the stringent rules.
If you are less than 16 years old, be sure not to test the roads because a heavy fine awaits the underage drivers. Only those over 16 years of age can apply for a provisional driving license. This PDL will allow you to take practical tests from certified instructors post which you can take the final practical and theory test to get the Singapore driving license. If you are a foreigner in Singapore for less than 6 months, an international driving license will suffice but if you stay for more than 6 months, you need to convert the foreign license to a Singapore one by taking the local theory tests.
In Singapore, the right lane is always considered the fast lane. Please ensure you keep left in case you are not keen on overtaking. You can only overtake from the right side, try your stunts at your own peril.
Information signs give the drivers and motorists early warning on restrictions and prohibitions ahead, entry to a built-up area, geometric standards reduction, and access control termination. These signs are rectangular and have white letters and borders with blue background.
Driver Improvement Points System (DIPS)
Singapore has demerit points for offences. Hence, committing repeated mistakes while driving can lead to being banned from driving or revoking of the license. This is apart from the customary fines that are enforced.
12 demerit points for the first year of license and 24 possible points over a 2 year period are provided and if you exceed this, you can be sure to have a tough time getting your driving license back on track. For example, if you are one of those who tend to talk on the mobile while driving, you could end up in serious trouble because phone usage while driving is a major offence in Singapore. You pay a penalty of 12 license points as well as a hefty fine of S$1000 or 6 months jail term. Now that should serve enough warning, shouldn’t it? Other common penalties are 12 points for exceeding limit by more than 40km/h, 3 points for failure to wear seat belt and 12 points for not stopping at traffic light signals.
In the city, the speed limit is 50km/h and on express ways it is usually 70-80 km/h unless specified otherwise by signals. To drink and drive is to dig your own grave as Singapore has very strict rules to penalize the guilty. The allowed Blood Alcohol Count is 80 mg of alcohol for 100ml of blood. If you are from a country where drink and drive offences are dealt with more leniently, you are advised not to test the same in Singapore. Child seats as well as seat belts are mandatory and so are head lights between 7 pm and 7 am. There are other parking signs and warning signs which are of universal nature and any seasoned driver can follow.
The following links provide a comprehensive insight on the road rules and regulations in Singapore. Browse the following links for an extensive overview of the road rules and regulations in Singapore:
Applying Driving License Singapore
Obtaining Foreign Driving License for Singapore
Obtaining Driving License Singapore
Restricted Zones Singapore
Car Insurance Singapore
Taking a Taxi Singapore
Using Car Headlights Singapore
Automobile Association of Singapore
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