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LTA to administer bus lane offences from 1 Feb 2006

Source: www.spf.gov.sg

LTA Takes Over Administration of Bus Lane Offences

LTA to Assist TP on Enforcement Against Illegal Parking
From 1 February 2006 , the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will take over the full administration of bus lane offences from the Traffic Police (TP).
In addition to bus lane enforcement on the ground, LTA will henceforth handle the issuance, processing, and settlement of summonses and all appeals arising from bus lane offences.
Ensuring smooth traffic is one of the key objectives of LTA in its mission to provide an efficient land transport system, and the bus lane scheme is a key initiative of LTA in its endeavour to improve the efficiency of public transport.
The consolidation of all functions relating to the administration of the scheme under a single agency will ensure greater operational efficiency.
LTA will be deploying its traffic wardens to take enforcement against bus lane violations, and illegal or indiscriminate parking of vehicles along bus lanes and expressway shoulders before ERP gantries.
This move by LTA will complement TP¡¯s enforcement against illegal parking and ensure safe and congestion-free roads for all road users.
LTA will also take over the processing, issuance and settlement of summonses issued by its traffic wardens.
Summonses issued by LTA and TP will carry the respective agency¡¯s logo and pertinent information for compliance. Motorists are advised to follow the instructions provided in the summons. The penalties for the various offences remain unchanged.

JOINT NEWS RELEASE BY:
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
                         &
LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY
23 January 2006 @ 12.00 pm

Annex
Bus Lane Scheme
Currently, the operating hours for bus lanes are from 7.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.00pm on weekdays, and from 7.30am to 9.30am and 11.30am to 2.00pm on Saturdays.
On 3 October 2005 , the full-day bus lane scheme was implemented on a pilot basis along Orchard Road , from Paterson Road to Dhoby Ghaut, to improve bus speeds along heavy corridors during off-peak hours. The operating hours for full-day bus lanes are from 7.30am to 8.00pm on weekdays and Saturdays, excluding public holidays.
The penalty for using the bus lane during operating hours is a composition fine of $130.
Illegal Parking
Motorists who park their vehicles illegally will obstruct pedestrians and/or other motorists, and may pose a threat to the safety of other road users. Enforcement action will be taken against these motorists.
Motorists can be fined up to $120 for light vehicles and $150 for heavy vehicles. For cases that cause danger or serious obstruction, the composition fine is $300.
Errant motorists will also face a removal charge of up to $160 (for motor cars), excluding storage charges. Parking within a Demerit Points No Parking Zone, parking abreast of another vehicle or parking within a pedestrian crossing carry 3 demerit points in addition to the composition amount.

Source: www.spf.gov.sg Media Release 23 Jan 2005

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