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New speed limits for 43 roads from today

Source: www.lta.gov.sg

New Speed Limits For 43 Roads

New Speed Limits For 43 Roads
From 1 April 2005, the speed limits of the following 43 roads will be increased.
LTA and TP have jointly assessed that raising the speed limits at these locations will allow motorists to travel at reasonable, realistic and safe road speeds. However, motorists should continue to exercise judgment and adjust their speeds. They should slow down if the prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions require them to do so for their safety and the safety of other road users.
What Factors Determine the New Speed Limits of the 43 Roads?
Road speed limits are reviewed when there are changes in the road network and traffic patterns. The review effort requires time and careful planning. The new speed limits of the 43 roads are set after taking into account the need to balance the safety of all road users and the efficiency of the road network.
During the review, three main factors are considered:
    1. The characteristics of the road, such as width, crest, and sharpness of bends, affect motorists' sight-distance judgment for safe stopping during an emergency. This helps determine how fast vehicles should travel;

       
    2. The type of road-users at a particular stretch of road. For example, roads with high pedestrian traffic, particularly the elderly and children, and roads used regularly by heavy vehicles require lower limits; and

       
    3. The surrounding land use. Road speed limits cannot be too high for residential areas for safety reasons.
In addition, accident statistics and public feedback are also taken into account when reviewing speed limits.
Responsibility of Road Users
Driving or riding beyond the stipulated speed limits increases the likelihood of serious injuries in the event of an accident. Motorists are reminded to drive and ride responsibly for their safety and the safety of others.
The 43 roads are in Annex A.
More..... (Annex)
Related Articles:

- New speed limits for 55 roads in southern Singapore from 1 Nov 2005

- New speed limits for 27 roads in the northeast from 1 Sep 2005

Source: Land Transport Authority Press Release 28 Mar 2005

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