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Part I REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES

Part IA ROAD-USER CHARGES

Part II LICENSING OF DRIVERS

Part III LICENSING OF DRIVING INSTRUCTORS AND DRIVING SCHOOLS

Part IV GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO ROAD TRAFFIC

Division 1 — Provisions as to driving and offences in connection therewith

Division 2 — Accidents

Division 3 — Miscellaneous

Part V PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES

Part VA LICENSING OF TAXI SERVICE OPERATORS

Part VB LICENSING OF BUS INTERCHANGE AND BUS DEPOT OPERATORS

Part VI PROVISIONS AS TO USE OF HIGHWAYS

Part VII MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

FIRST SCHEDULE Specified Acts

SECOND SCHEDULE Classification and Descriptions of Public Service Vehicles

THIRD SCHEDULE Specified offences

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Division 3 — Miscellaneous
Power of Authority to authorise carriage of greater weights on specified roads
86.
—(1)  The Authority may, subject to such conditions as it may think fit, grant a permit in respect of any trailer specified in the permit drawn by a heavy locomotive or a light locomotive on any road or bridge to carry weights specified in the permit notwithstanding that when conveying such weights the trailer does not comply with any rules as to the weight laden of trailers or as to the maximum weight which may be transmitted to the road or any part thereof by trailers.
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(2)  Where such a permit is given, it shall not, so long as the conditions, if any, attached to the permit are complied with, be an offence in the case of any such trailer to carry on that road or bridge weights authorised by the permit by reason only that the trailer when conveying them does not comply with such rules as aforesaid.
Power to order production of vehicle and licence
87.
—(1)  The Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar may by notice in writing require the owner of any licensed vehicle to produce either or both the vehicle or the licence relating thereto for an inspection at such time and place and by such person as may be specified in the notice.
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(2)  Such notice may be served upon the owner personally or may be sent to him by registered post to the address contained in the register of vehicles kept under this Act.
(3)  If any owner required under this section to produce any vehicle or licence fails to do so, he shall be guilty of an offence unless he proves that owing to a mechanical breakdown or other sufficient reason (the proof whereof shall lie on the owner), the vehicle or licence cannot be produced as required.
Fee for inspection of vehicle
88.
—(1)  A fee may be levied for the inspection of a vehicle under section 87.
(2)  An additional fee may be levied for any further inspection of the vehicle where the vehicle is found, after a previous inspection, not to comply with any prescribed requirement relating to its construction or condition, or to any identification mark or sign carried by or fixed on it or the seal of such mark or sign, or to any marking on it.
(3)  Any fee payable under subsection (1) or (2) shall be paid by the owner of the vehicle in respect of which it is levied.
(4)  This section shall apply to such vehicles as may be prescribed.
Rules prescribing fees
89.  The Authority may make rules prescribing the fees that may be levied under section 88.
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Test of satisfactory condition of vehicle
90.
—(1)  The Authority may make rules for the examination of any motor vehicle and for the issue, where the vehicle is found on such examination to comply with the prescribed requirements relating to its construction and condition, to the identification marks and signs carried by or fixed on it and the seals of such marks and signs, and to the markings on it, of a certificate (referred to in this Act as a test certificate) that at the date of the examination those requirements were complied with.
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(2)  An examination for the purposes of this section shall be carried out by a person authorised by the Registrar (referred to in this section as an authorised examiner).
(3)  Where a test certificate is refused, the authorised examiner shall specify the grounds of the refusal, and a person aggrieved by the refusal may appeal to the Registrar, and on such appeal the Registrar shall cause a further examination to be made and may issue or refuse to issue a test certificate.
(4)  The Authority may make rules for the purpose of giving effect to this section and, in particular, as to —
(a)
the authorisation of an authorised examiner, the conditions to be complied with by an authorised examiner and the withdrawal of any such authorisation;
(b)
the manner in which, the conditions under which and the apparatus with which an examination of a motor vehicle is to be carried out, and the maintenance of that apparatus in an efficient state;
(c)
the inspection of premises at which and the apparatus with which an examination of a motor vehicle is being, or is to be, carried out;
(d)
the fee to be paid for the examination of a motor vehicle;
(e)
the additional fee to be paid for any further examination of a motor vehicle where the vehicle is found, after a previous examination, not to comply with any prescribed requirement referred to in subsection (1);
(f)
the manner in which an application may be made for the examination of a motor vehicle;
(g)
the manner in which and time within which an appeal may be brought under subsection (3);
(h)
the fee to be paid on an appeal under subsection (3) and the repayment of the fee or part thereof where it appears to the Registrar that there were substantial grounds for the appeal;
(i)
the form of, and particulars to be contained in, a test certificate;
(j)
the issue of a copy of a test certificate that is lost or defaced and the fee payable therefor;
(k)
the keeping by an authorised examiner of a register of test certificates in the prescribed form and containing the prescribed particulars, and the inspection of such register by such person and in such circumstances as may be prescribed;
(l)
the keeping of records by an authorised examiner and the furnishing of returns and information to the Registrar by the authorised examiner ; and
(m)
the submission to the Authority of documents specified by the Authority in support of any matter examined.
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(5)  Rules made under this section may make different provisions in respect of different vehicles or classes of vehicles.
Vehicle without test certificate cannot be used
91.
—(1)  A person who uses on a road at any time, or causes or permits to be so used, a motor vehicle in respect of which there is no test certificate shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $200.
(2)  This section shall apply to such motor vehicles with effect from such dates as may be prescribed.
Power to inspect premises
92.
—(1)  Any police officer may, for the purpose of examining any vehicle in respect of which he has reason to believe that an offence under this Act has been committed, enter at any time any place in which he suspects that such vehicle is kept.
(2)  Any police officer in conducting an investigation into any seizable offence in connection with which a vehicle is suspected to be concerned may enter any place to search for and examine such vehicle.
(3)  If any person obstructs any police officer in the exercise of his powers and duty under this section, that person shall be guilty of an offence.
Power to examine vehicles
93.
—(1)  Any police officer in uniform may, for the purpose of ensuring that any vehicle or trailer that is being used on a road complies with this Act, at any time —
(a)
examine the vehicle or trailer or the licence relating thereto; or
(b)
order the owner or driver of the vehicle or trailer to deliver the same for an inspection by such person and at such time and place as the police officer may specify.
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(2)  Any person who obstructs a police officer in the exercise of his powers under subsection (1)(a) or fails to comply with any order given by the police officer under subsection (1)(b) shall be guilty of an offence.
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Weighing of vehicles
94.
—(1)  Subject to the provisions of this Act, it shall be lawful for any police officer authorised in writing in that behalf by the Deputy Commissioner of Police to require the person in charge of any motor vehicle —
(a)
to allow the motor vehicle or any trailer drawn thereby to be weighed laden or unladen and the weight transmitted to the road by any part of the motor vehicle or trailer laden or unladen in contact with the road to be tested; and
(b)
for the purpose of paragraph (a) to immediately proceed to a weighbridge or other machine for weighing vehicles.
(2)  If any person in charge of a motor vehicle refuses or neglects to comply with any requirement under subsection (1), he shall be guilty of an offence.
(3)  Subject to the provisions of this Act, it shall be lawful for any police officer so authorised to require the person in charge of the motor vehicle to unload the motor vehicle or trailer for the purpose of being weighed unladen.
(4)  Where a motor vehicle or trailer is weighed under this section, a certificate of weight shall be given to the person in charge of the motor vehicle by the person who carried out the weighing of the vehicle.
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Power to seize vehicles
95.
—(1)  Where a police officer, the Registrar or an authorised officer has reason to believe that a vehicle is a vehicle in connection with which an offence under this Act has been or is being committed or a vehicle that has been or is being used in contravention of the conditions of any licence issued in respect thereof under this Act, the police officer, Registrar or authorised officer, on production of his authority, may —
(a)
seize the vehicle and take it to a place of safety; or
(b)
require the owner, driver or person in charge of the vehicle to take the vehicle and any trailer attached thereto to a specified place of safety.
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(2)  The power conferred on a police officer, the Registrar or an authorised officer under subsection (1)(a) may be exercised whether or not the owner, driver or person in charge of the vehicle is present at the time of its seizure.
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(3)  Any vehicle which is taken to a place of safety under subsection (1) shall be detained thereat until it is released by order of a Magistrate or the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar.
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(4)  In this section, “authorised officer” means any employee of the Authority who is authorised in writing by the Registrar to act under this section.
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(5)  Any person who refuses or neglects to comply with any requirement under subsection (1)(b) shall be guilty of an offence.
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(6)  Any unauthorised person removing or causing to be removed such vehicle or trailer from the place of safety pending the order of a Magistrate or the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar shall be guilty of an offence.
(7)  If the owner of the vehicle or trailer is convicted of or has been permitted to compound an offence under this Act, the expenses incurred by the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar in carrying out the provisions of this section shall be recoverable by or on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar and, in case of dispute or neglect to pay, be summarily ascertained by a Magistrate’s Court and may be recovered in the same manner as if they were fines imposed by that Court.
(8)  Where any vehicle or trailer is detained under this section, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar shall with all reasonable despatch notify the owner of the seizure, and such notification may be given —
(a)
by posting a notice in writing to the owner of the vehicle at his usual or last known place of residence or business in Singapore; or
(b)
in such other manner as the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar thinks expedient.
(9)  If the vehicle or trailer is not claimed by its owner within one month of the date of its detention, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar thereafter and after giving one month’s notice in the Gazette of his intention to do so may sell by public auction or otherwise dispose of the vehicle or trailer.
(10)  The proceeds, if any, from the sale or disposal of any such vehicle or trailer shall be applied in payment of —
(a)
firstly, any licence fees which may be due in respect of the vehicle and of any charges incurred in carrying out the provisions of this section; and
(b)
secondly, any damage caused to property of the Government by the unlawful use of the vehicle or trailer,
and the surplus, if any, shall be paid to the owner of the vehicle or trailer, or if not claimed by the owner of the vehicle or trailer within 12 months after the date of the sale or disposal shall be forfeited to the Government.
Power to immobilise or seize and detain vehicle belonging to person against whom warrant of arrest is in force
95A.
—(1)  Where a vehicle which is being used or parked on a road or in a parking place is registered in the name of a person against whom a warrant of arrest is in force, a police officer or an employee of the Authority may —
(a)
immobilise the vehicle or cause the vehicle to be immobilised, if it is stationary; or
(b)
seize the vehicle and detain it at a place of safety or cause the vehicle to be seized and detained at a place of safety,
and the vehicle shall remain so immobilised or detained at the risk of the owner thereof until it is released by order of a Magistrate, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar.
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(2)  The powers conferred by subsection (1) on a police officer may also be exercised by him in respect of any vehicle which is registered in the name of a person against whom a warrant of arrest is in force and which is being used or parked in a public place.
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(3)  Without prejudice to subsections (1) and (2) but subject to subsection (4), where a police officer, in attempting to execute a warrant of arrest at any private premises, finds at such private premises any vehicle which is registered in the name of the person against whom the warrant of arrest has been issued, the police officer may —
(a)
immobilise the vehicle or cause the vehicle to be immobilised, if it is stationary; or
(b)
seize the vehicle and detain it at a place of safety or cause the vehicle to be seized and detained at a place of safety,
and the vehicle shall remain so immobilised or detained at the risk of the owner thereof until it is released by order of a Magistrate, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar.
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(4)  Nothing in subsection (3) shall authorise a police officer to immobilise or seize and detain any vehicle which he finds at any private premises unless, despite all reasonable effort, he is unable at such private premises to effect the arrest of the person against whom the warrant of arrest has been issued.
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(5)  For the purposes of subsections (1), (2) and (3) —
(a)
a police officer or an employee of the Authority may require any person who is driving or who is in charge of the vehicle —
(i)
to stop the vehicle;
(ii)
to take the vehicle to such place of safety as may be specified by the police officer or employee of the Authority; or
(iii)
to render such other co-operation as the police officer or employee of the Authority may reasonably require; and
(b)
a Magistrate, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar may —
(i)
refuse to order the release of any vehicle that has been immobilised or seized and detained under either of those subsections until the person in whose name the vehicle is registered has been arrested in connection with the warrant of arrest in force against him or has surrendered himself to a police officer or the warrant of arrest in force against him has been cancelled by a court; and
(ii)
require the person to whom the vehicle is released to pay such charges as may be prescribed for the release of the vehicle.
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(6)  Where a police officer or an employee of the Authority has immobilised or seized and detained a vehicle under this section, he shall with all reasonable despatch notify the person in whose name the vehicle is registered of the immobilisation or seizure —
(a)
of the procedure by which he may secure the release of the vehicle; and
(b)
that unless within 3 months of the date specified in the notification he surrenders himself to a police officer in connection with the warrant of arrest in force against him, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Authority shall proceed to sell or dispose of the vehicle.
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(7)  The notification under subsection (6) may be given —
(a)
where the vehicle has been immobilised, by affixing a notice onto the windscreen or any other conspicuous part of the vehicle; or
(b)
where the vehicle has been seized and detained —
(i)
by posting a notice in writing to the person in whose name the vehicle is registered at his usual or last known place of residence or business in Singapore; or
(ii)
in such other manner as the police officer or employee of the Authority thinks expedient.
(8)  Any person who —
(a)
without the authority of a police officer or an employee of the Authority removes or tampers with any notice affixed onto a vehicle under subsection (7)(a); or
(b)
without the authority of a Magistrate, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Registrar —
(i)
removes or tampers with any device or appliance which has been fixed to a vehicle by a police officer or an employee of the Authority for the purpose of immobilising it in pursuance of this section; or
(ii)
removes any vehicle from the place at which it has been immobilised or from the place of safety where it is being detained or causes such vehicle to be so removed,
shall be guilty of an offence.
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(9)  If upon the expiry of 3 months from the date specified in the notification given under subsection (6) the person in whose name the vehicle is registered has not surrendered himself to a police officer or has not been arrested in connection with the warrant of arrest in force against him, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or the Authority, after giving one month’s notice in the Gazette of his or its intention to do so, may sell the vehicle by public auction or otherwise dispose of the vehicle in such manner as he or it thinks fit.
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(10)  The proceeds, if any, from the sale or disposal of any such vehicle shall be applied in payment of —
(a)
any taxes, fees or charges under this Act which may be due from the person in whose name the vehicle is registered; and
(b)
any charges incurred in carrying out the provisions of this section,
and the surplus, if any, shall be paid to the person in whose name the vehicle is registered, or if not claimed by such person within 12 months after the date of the sale or disposal shall be forfeited to the Government.
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(11)  Any person who obstructs or hinders the Authority or any employee thereof, the Deputy Commissioner of Police or any police officer acting in the discharge of his duty under this section shall be guilty of an offence.
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(12)  The Authority or any employee thereof, the Deputy Commissioner of Police and any police officer shall not be liable for any damage to or loss of any vehicle or the contents thereof which is not wilfully or negligently caused by them in the exercise of their powers under this section.
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(13)  In this section —
“immobilise”, in relation to a vehicle, means to prevent the removal of the vehicle by fixing to the vehicle a device or appliance which is —
(a)
designed or adapted for the purpose of preventing the removal of the vehicle; and
(b)
approved by the Authority or the Deputy Commissioner of Police for use for the purpose of this section;
“warrant of arrest” means a warrant of arrest issued by a court against a person in connection with any offence committed by him under —
(a)
this Act; or
Taking of motor vehicle without owner’s consent
96.
—(1)  Every person who takes and drives away any motor vehicle without having either the consent of the owner thereof or other lawful authority shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
(2)  If the accused satisfies the court that he acted in the reasonable belief that he had lawful authority or in the reasonable belief that the owner would, in the circumstances of the case, have given his consent if he had been asked therefor, the accused shall not be convicted of the offence under subsection (1).
(3)  If on the trial of any person for the theft of a motor vehicle the court is of opinion that the accused was not guilty of theft but was guilty of an offence under this section, the court may convict the accused under this section.
(4)  Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person reasonably suspected by him of having committed or of attempting to commit an offence under this section.
Restriction on persons taking hold of motor vehicle in motion
97.
—(1)  If any person, otherwise than with lawful authority or reasonable cause, takes or retains hold of or gets on to a motor vehicle or trailer while it is in motion on any road for the purpose of his being drawn or carried, he shall be guilty of an offence.
(2)  If, while a motor vehicle is on a road or on a parking place where the public may park motor vehicles, any person otherwise than with lawful authority or with reasonable cause gets on to or moves or tampers with the vehicle, he shall be guilty of an offence.
(3)  If any person loiters in or near a road or parking place where the public may park motor vehicles for the purpose of importuning or importunes any other person in respect of the watching or cleaning of any motor vehicle during the absence of its driver, the person so loitering or importuning shall be guilty of an offence.
(4)  Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person reasonably suspected by him of having committed or of attempting to commit an offence under this section.
Application to vehicles belonging to Government and armed forces
98.
—(1)  This Part shall subject as otherwise provided apply to vehicles, trailers and persons in the service of the Government or of any visiting force lawfully present in Singapore.
(2)  For the purpose of proceedings for an offence in connection with any such vehicle or trailer against any person other than the driver of the vehicle, the person nominated in that behalf by the department in whose service the vehicle or trailer is used shall be deemed to be the person actually responsible unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the court that the driver only was responsible.
(3)  In the case of motor vehicles owned by the Government or by any visiting force lawfully present in Singapore and used for naval, military or air force purposes or in the case of motor vehicles so used while being driven by persons for the time being subject to the orders of any member of the armed forces in Singapore, the Authority may by rules, subject to such conditions as may be specified in the rules, vary in relation to any such vehicles while being driven as aforesaid the provisions of this Act or any rule, order or notification imposing a speed limit on motor vehicles and the provisions of this Part which respectively —
(a)
impose restrictions on persons below the age of 21 years with respect to the driving of heavy locomotives, light locomotives, motor tractors or heavy motor cars;
(b)
regulate the number of trailers which may be drawn by motor vehicles.
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