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    • By SBF
      This article was first posted on Singapore Uncensored. All credits to the original source of the article.
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      A post was seen on Facebook recently about a rider receiving a fine of $100 after an inspection by a LTA officer on his motorbike license plate.

      The rider was fined and charged with the offence because he failed to ensure that the numbering on his motorbike license plate conform to the regulations set out by the authorities.
      A check on one motoring website shows that letters and digits are to be 50mm high, 30mm wide and 5mm broad.
      In the case for this rider, his motorbike’s license plate was only 50mm high and 25mm wide, 5mm short of the legal requirement.

      This resulted in the rider receiving a fine of $100, and the offence on his offer of composition reads that he had committed an offence under section 131(1) of the road traffic act, chapter 276, and punishable under section 131(2) of the said act.

      The authorities have said that they take a no nonsense approach against motorists who fail to conform with the rules and regulations put in place.
      Do you think the LTA officer should have given some chance? To our naked eyes, the license plate does look to be "normal" and conforming to regulations.
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      Image source: Singapore Uncensored, SG Road Vigilante Facebook, OneMotoring & sso.agc.gov.sg
    • By SBF
      In case you missed the saga happening in Singapore last week, a video circulating on social media shows a Mitsubishi Lancer trying to run from chasing police officers on BMW R1250RT motorcycles. When the Lancer reversed along a one-way road, it collided with SSSgt Haidil knocking him over. Fortunately, the traffic police was not seriously injured and the driver of the car was apprehended eventually.
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      Video of the incident here:

      248313275_3081569648766532_777939355407735836_n.mp4   We now have an update from our Minister on the incident and we are glad to know that the officer involved is not seriously injured and recovering well.
      The BMW R1250RT also does not look to be too badly damaged and should be back on the roads soon. 
      From Minister Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim:
      Spoke to Senior Staff Sergeant (SSSgt) Haidil Bin Osman, the Traffic Police officer (TPO) who was hit by the reversing car in today’s saga that unfolded along Geylang East Ave 1, and which was widely reported on social media.  I am glad that SSSgt Haidil did not suffer any serious injuries, and that he is alright.  I spoke to him earlier today and wished him a speedy recovery.

      SSSgt Haidil was injured in the line of duty when he tried to stop the offender along Upper Paya Lebar Road earlier today for a spot check. The offender refused to stop, and this led to a pursuit, which ended with the offender reversing his vehicle into SSSgt Haidil while he was still on his motorbike, in an attempt to escape.  I am happy to learn that the offender has since been arrested.
      Every day, Traffic Police officers maintain law and order and enforce road traffic laws on the roads.  Their job is risky as danger lurks on every street as they are unable to read the intentions of a motorists until its too late.  They are vulnerable as their motorbikes provide little protection, and they have to depend very much on their training, experience and instincts to get out of trouble and harms way.

      This is not the first time our dedicated Traffic Police officers are injured during the course of their work.  They take the risk of their work in their stride, and continue to patrol our roads to keep our roads safe. Their professionalism and dedication to work is truly admirable. I am appreciative of what they do, and proud of their hard work in keeping Singapore’s roads safe.
      Let’s continue to do our part to make our roads safer for everyone.
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    • By SBF
      We've heard and seen many instances in newspaper like The Straits Times on how LTA has been trialing a new system for road charges in Singapore, otherwise known as our beloved ERP (electronic road pricing) system. The current ERP units that are almost identical for both cars and motorcycles, will be upgraded to a new system with talks of potential distance-based charging aided by an internal GPS antenna. While LTA has said that it will not effect the distance-based charging during the first phrase, this has worried many delivery riders as it would have a detrimental effect on their earnings.

      A group of riders with the new Gen 2 ERP OBU testing at Kallang
      The pilot scheme and testing was slated to start in 2020 but due to COVID and the global pandemic, this timeline has been pushed back for the new transition to 2nd-gen based ERP to 2023. LTA however did say that initial batch of installations will start in the 2nd half of 2021 but as we approach Q4, there has not been any news as of yet from LTA.
      Just last month however, we spotted a group of motorcycle riders riding around Kallang Leisure Park and what drew our attention immediately were these brightly-lit ERP units that look different from those we are commonly use to. The backlit LCD screen was the immediate giveaway that this was something out of the ordinary. What happened next was that a few more (total 5) motorcycles came up behind and all of these bikes were equipped with the same OBU units on board that we have not seen before.

      Close up of the Gen 2 ERP OBU - Apologies for the grainy picture!
      Checking back on past news articles, these ERP OBU units do look extremely similar to pictures released by LTA in the past on what the new ERP OBU would look like, thus, we made the assumption, and conclusion, that these were a group of riders, hired by LTA to test the units on public roads. Unfortunately as soon as we took the picture, the lights turned green and we were unable to find out more for the riders. We believe these are the first images that have surfaced in public of the new units doing their public trial and testing and are a sign that things are progressing as per plan.

      Picture from LTA showing the Gen 2 ERP OBU during their testing
      One happy point of note would be that many riders had concerns that the new ERP OBU are significantly larger than the current units and would look unsightly or not in place on most motorcycles - But as we can see from the pictures, they do actually look decent and if the backlit screen can provide additional information such as traffic congestion, weather updates and so on, this might be a worthy trade-off from the current smaller sized units.
      What do you think of the new ERP OBUs? We reckon most riders would oppose it if they switched to distance-based charging but otherwise, this new device might just be useful for riders as we ply the roads everyday! Let us know your thoughts and comments in the comments section below!

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    • By SBF
      Motorcycle Statistics (1st Jan 2021 to 30th June 2021):
      Motorcyclist or pillions involved in traffic accident: 56.8% Motorcyclist or pillions involved in fatalities: 44.8% Accidents involving motorcyclist: 1,702 (vs 1,546 in 2020) - Increase of 10.1% Fatalities involving motorcyclist or pillion: 26 (vs 31 in 2020) - Decrease of 16.1% Injured person(s) from motorcycle: 1,803 (vs 1,631 in 2020) - Increase of 10.5%

      Traffic accidents resulting in fatalities and injuries in the first half of 2021 increased when compared to the same period in 2020, partly due to the increased number of road users and vehicles. Drink-driving and speeding-related accidents increased, while the number of red-light running accidents and accidents involving elderly pedestrians decreased. The number of traffic accidents and violations was however still generally lower than the pre-COVID period, due to the lighter traffic volume on the roads as a result of more people staying at home.
      While the number of fatal accidents involving elderly pedestrians and motorcyclists has decreased, such accidents remain key concerns as they continue to account for a disproportionate number of traffic accidents resulting in injuries or death.
      Road safety is a shared responsibility. All road users must play their part if we are to keep our roads safe. The Traffic Police (TP), together with the Singapore Road Safety Council and other stakeholders, will continue its public education efforts to raise awareness of road safety and encourage road users to play their part in keeping our roads safe. TP will continue to take strong enforcement action against errant motorists who violate traffic rules.
      #SingaporePoliceForce #UseYourRoadSense
    • By SBF
      The 39-year-old owner of a motor workshop Fong Kim Exhaust System Pte Ltd in Ubi was charged in court on Thursday (May 6 2021) with three counts of performing illegal vehicle modifications.

      Raymond Tan Chia Long, the owner of Fong Kim Exhaust Racing Development, was charged under the Road Traffic Act with replacing the exhaust systems of two cars with unapproved systems on three separate occasions. 
      Court documents show the alleged offences occurred in June 2019, September last year and March this year, with one car getting its exhaust system replaced twice. 
      For performing illegal vehicle modifications, first-time offenders face a fine of up to S$5,000, up to three months in jail, or both. 
      The penalties are doubled for repeat offenders. 
      Modifying a vehicle illegally is a serious offence, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a media release on Thursday. 
      “Such illegal exhaust modification affects the durability and reliability of the vehicle, and increases the safety risks to both the driver and other road users,” said the LTA. Such modifications can also result in excessive noise, causing public nuisance, it added.

      Only LTA approved exhausts such as SC Project will be allowed for sale by retailers
      The agency noted that motorists must seek its approval before modifying exhaust systems. 
      “Only certified exhaust systems, which have undergone stringent testing in compliance with international standards, and are compatible with that particular make and model of the vehicle will be allowed,” it said. 
      “These exhaust systems are also required to meet the prevailing noise and exhaust emission requirements set by the National Environment Agency.”
      It added that vehicle owners should check if their planned modifications comply with LTA’s guidelines before proceeding. Information on vehicle modifications are available on the agency’s One Motoring website.

      Aftermarket coloured/LED lights such as those on these Yamaha Aerox kups are also not allowed
      “LTA takes a serious view of illegal modifications as they may pose serious safety and environmental hazards,” it said. 
      Senior Minister of State for Transport Amy Khor said in Parliament in March that stricter penalties and regular enforcement have reduced the number of illegal vehicle modifications in Singapore, from about 1,800 per month in 2015 to around 550 per month last year. 
      In the past two years, LTA has issued an average of 610 notices of offences per month to owners of illegally modified vehicles, said Dr Khor then.
      LTA does not provide further details on this statistics, of how many such offences are for motor cars and how many are for motorcycles. Some of the more 'popular' illegal modifications for motorcycles include unapproved exhaust systems, tint visors, naked handlebars, and aftermarket LED lights.
      With this harsher clam down on illegal modifications in Singapore, with the law now punishing not just the owner of the vehicle, but also the workshop that assist in modifying the vehicle, does this spell the start of the end of individual styling and modifications of our beloved rides?
      Hardest hit commercially with this new ruling would be the workshops that currently hold high inventory levels of non LTA-approved exhausts and other such illegal modifications. Some workshops have gotten around this law by stating with their sale invoices "For off-road and private road use ONLY".
      If you want to know what modifications are allowed, you can refer to LTA's website here:
      What do you think of LTA's move to clamp down on workshops and retailers that aid in illegally modifying vehicles? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the comments section down below!
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