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Transportation Regulations in Singapore

Transportation Regulations in Singapore

The Road Traffic Act in Singapore

The main legislation regulating road transportation in Singapore is the Road Traffic Act which was enabled in 1961 and renewed in 2004. The Road Traffic Act establishes the rules under which foreign and Singapore citizens can drive within the country. The document also enables the Land Transport Authority in Singapore which is the institution governing vehicle registration and road transportation regulations.

The Singapore Road Traffic Act classifies motor vehicles as it follows:

  • – heavy and light locomotives,
  • – motor tractors,
  • – heavy motor cars,
  • – motor cars,
  • – motor cycles,
  • – invalid carriages.

For additional information about the contents of the Road Traffic Act you can ask our Singapore lawyers.

Road regulations in Singapore

Transportation in Singapore is mainly done on land. Road management in Singapore falls under the Land Transport Authority and the Traffic Police. While the Land Transport Authority is in charge with providing the necessary facilities for road transportation in Singapore to develop in safe conditions, the Traffic Police is in charge with the enforcement of traffic regulations and education of car owners and pedestrians. The Land Transport Authority has issued the following speed limits which apply to both private car owners, but also to Singapore companies involved in transportation activities:

  • – cars and motorcycles are limited at 50 km/h on roads, 70-90 km/h on motorways and 50-80 km/h in tunnels,
  • – the speed limit for buses is 50 km/h on roads, 60 km/h on expressways and 50-60 km/h in tunnels,
  • – commercial vehicles are limited at 50 km/h on roads, 50-60 km/h on motorways and 50-70 km/h in tunnels.

Special regulations apply to Singapore companies involved in transporting goods for export.

Other transportation regulations in Singapore

The Road Traffic Act specifies that all cars are required to have vehicle license issued by the Registrar of Vehicles in SingaporeSpecial licenses are required for Singapore companies owning large transportation vehicles. Also, before registering a vehicle the owner is required to pay certain taxes with the Singapore tax authorities.

For complete information about vehicle registration for commercial purposes, please contact our law firm in Singapore.