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Be A Safe & Responsible Driver Or Else, Face Harsher Consequences

November 12, 2019

With effect from 1 November 2019, errant motorists who flout traffic rules will now face harsher punishments under the recent amended Road Traffic Act.

  1. Irresponsible driving offences is now classified into two categories:

  • Reckless or Dangerous Driving (for eg driving even though he should have known he was not in the condition to drive safely)
  • Careless Driving (driving without caution when the road situation demanded it)

The offences will further be categorised into 4 different extents of harm caused:

  • Death
  • Grievous hurt
  • Hurt
  • Endangers life
    1. Any motorist who commits a Dangerous or Careless Driving offence under the influence of alcohol or drugs (“DUI”) will be liable for additional penalties, which will run consecutively.
    2. Repeat offenders will be liable for higher maximum penalties compared to first-time offenders.
    3. Irresponsible motorists will be kept off the roads for a longer period and in a more timely manner through the broadening of the range of offences for which minimum disqualification (“DQ”) periods, immediate suspension, and vehicle forfeiture will apply. In addition, penalties for driving without a licence, or driving while under DQ or licence suspension will be increased.
    4. The courts will be able to consider a motorist’s past compounded road traffic offences as an aggravating factor in sentencing a person convicted of a road traffic offence.
    5. The provisions of the Act pertaining to the licence suspension and revocation system will take effect in the second half of 2020.

    Safety reminder: Driving safely should be your number one concern. Monitor the driving environment carefully and act with consideration and caution, at all times.

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    1. Good but also will suggest more road safety talks so it will not be so draconian and traffic police officers can get to know drivers

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