Road Traffic Act
(Chapter 276, Section 140)
Road Traffic Rules
G.N. No. S 171/1981
REVISED EDITION 1999
(30th September 1999)
[25th May 1981]
1A. In these Rules —
“Bus Give-Way Box” means the section of a road marked as a Bus Give-Way Box under rule 7(15) of the Road Traffic (Traffic Signs) Rules (R 33);
“Bus Give-Way Controlled Area” means the section of a road marked as a Bus Give-Way Controlled Area under rule 7(14) of the Road Traffic (Traffic Signs) Rules;
“Bus Give-Way Line” means the line marked on a road which separates a Bus Give-Way Controlled Area and a Bus Give-Way Box, referred to in the Road Traffic (Traffic Signs) Rules;
“Demerit Points No Parking Zone” means any part of a road that is marked with a single yellow zig-zag line and includes the public footpath adjacent to the road;
“Demerit Points No Stopping Zone” means any part of a road that is marked with a double yellow zig-zag line and includes the public footpath adjacent to the road.
[S 652/2008 wef 20/12/2008]
—(1) The driver of a vehicle on a road shall, in order to inform the traffic that he intends to stop, slow down or to change the direction of the vehicle to the right or to the left, signal his intention by means of an approved type of direction indicator as laid down in the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Construction and Use) Rules (R 9).
(2) Signals under this rule shall always be made in sufficient time to enable traffic to take appropriate action for the avoidance of danger.
3. Every vehicle shall ordinarily be driven on that part of a road which lies between the centre thereof and the left-hand edge of the roadway; and shall, when overtaking any vehicle, except in those cases specifically referred to in these Rules, only do so in such manner as to leave the vehicle overtaken on its left or near side and to avoid causing inconvenience or danger to any person or other vehicle.
4. The driver of a vehicle who intends to overtake and pass another vehicle proceeding in the same direction may, if he sees the driver of the latter vehicle make the signal to turn to the right or left as required by rule 2 and take the position required by rule 7, overtake and pass the said vehicle on its left or right side.
6. Every vehicle arriving at a controlled intersection or junction of roads which does not intend to turn right or left at the intersection or junction shall, on being released, move forward straight across such intersection or junction in such a manner as not to obstruct any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction on either side of such vehicle.
7. The driver or rider of a vehicle who intends to turn to the right at an intersection or junction of roads shall, before reaching such intersection or junction and as opportunity offers, move into the appropriate lane as indicated by the directional arrows to turn right and any driver or rider of a vehicle intending to turn to the left shall, as opportunity offers, move into the appropriate lane as indicated by the directional arrows to turn left.
—(1) The driver or rider of a vehicle stationary at or approaching a controlled intersection or junction of roads and wishing to turn to the right shall, as soon as the intersection or junction is open to the vehicle, move forward as near as possible to the centre of the intersection or junction and await a safe opportunity to complete the turn to the right.
(2) When turning the driver or rider of the vehicle shall proceed with due regard for the safety of pedestrians crossing the road.
—(1) No driver or rider of a vehicle shall turn to the left at a controlled intersection or junction of roads when the signal facing such vehicle closes such intersection or junction, unless specifically permitted by these Rules so to turn.
(2) At particular intersections or junctions where the turn to the left into crossing traffic is permitted, notices, lines or signs as defined in the Road Traffic (Traffic Signs) Rules (R 33) shall be placed to indicate such permission; and in such case the driver or rider of the vehicle shall proceed with due regard for the safety of pedestrians crossing the road and of the traffic stream which the vehicle seeks to enter.
—(1) No person in charge of any vehicle shall draw up or stop the vehicle in any road except parallel with and close to the edge of the left-hand side of the roadway and facing the direction in which the traffic may lawfully move —
unless otherwise directed by notices, lines or signs or by a police officer in uniform engaged in the regulations of traffic; or
except within an authorised parking place in the centre of the road and as directed by notices or lines by a police officer in uniform engaged in the regulation of traffic,
and in any case in such manner as not to cause unnecessary obstruction or annoyance to persons using the road.
[S 211/2002 wef 10/05/2002]
(2) In a one-way road a vehicle may be drawn up or stopped on either side of the roadway but so that it faces the direction in which the traffic may lawfully move.
—(1) The driver or rider of a vehicle arriving at an uncontrolled intersection or junction of roads shall give way to any vehicle approaching him from his right or offside.
(2) The driver or rider of a vehicle arriving at an uncontrolled intersection or junction of a one-way road shall —
where the traffic flows from left to right, give way to any vehicle approaching him from his left or near side; and
where the traffic flows from right to left, give way to any vehicle approaching him from his right or offside.
(3) The driver or rider of a vehicle arriving at a roundabout shall give way to any vehicle or stream of vehicles immediately approaching him from his right or offside.
—(1) Any vehicle used as an ambulance, or as a fire engine or for military, police, civil defence or customs purposes shall, when on an urgent duty call, have the right of way over all other traffic if such vehicle makes known its approach by means of some distinctive siren, bell or multi-toned horn, as the case may be.
(2) All traffic shall on the approach of any such vehicle, draw in as close to the left-hand or right-hand edge of the roadway as possible and all vehicles shall be brought to a standstill to allow a clear passage for such vehicle.
(3) Such action shall only be required of traffic when the vehicle is giving its recognised audible warning.
(4) Paragraph (1) shall not relieve the driver of any vehicle used for the purposes mentioned in that paragraph of his liability under the provisions of any law relating to dangerous, rash or negligent driving.
—(1) No driver or rider of any vehicle shall make a U-turn at any road intersection, road junction or opening in a road divider unless he is permitted to do so by a road sign.
(2) A driver or rider of any vehicle making a U-turn under paragraph (1) shall —
move as near as possible to the right-hand edge of the roadway;
give way to any on-coming vehicle; and
wait for a safe opportunity to complete the turn.
(3) A driver or rider of any vehicle making a U-turn under this rule shall do so after the U-turn sign.
14. No part of a load or any covering placed over the load on a vehicle while it is on a road shall —
obstruct the sight of the driver either to the front or to either side or to the rear;
interfere with his ability to give the signals required by these Rules; or
render such signals wholly or partially invisible to persons using the roads.
15. [Deleted by S 635/2010 wef 01/11/2010]
16. [Deleted by S 635/2010 wef 01/11/2010]
17. Whenever a load or any covering placed over a load that is being transported on a vehicle projects laterally beyond the body or wheels of the vehicle or any authorised fitting permanently attached to the vehicle, a red flag by day and a red lamp by night shall be affixed to the extreme lateral projection (if any) and the extreme rear end of such load so as to be clearly visible and give adequate warning to other road users.
18. Whenever it is necessary to prevent the contents from falling out, the load on any vehicle on a road shall be secured by ropes or other proper material.
19. No vehicle shall be used on a road unless its side boards and tail board (if any) are adequately secured so as to prevent them from swinging or projecting beyond the body or wheels of the vehicle or of any authorised fitting permanently attached to the vehicle.
Signals, other than those required under rule 2, to be used in certain circumstances
20. Whenever the size or construction of any vehicle or the size or nature of a load or of any covering over the load on such vehicle is such that the signals required by rule 2 when given are not fully visible to traffic approaching from the rear, a stop light and a direction indicator of an approved type as prescribed in the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Construction and Use) Rules (R 9), capable of indicating the intention of the driver of such vehicle, shall be affixed to the vehicle in such a position that the device is clearly visible to traffic approaching from the rear and shall be used to give the signals for stopping and turning to the right or left.
21. No vehicle which is on a public road or street shall be left unattended unless it is rendered immovable by the application of brakes or by some other sufficient means.
22. No person shall park a vehicle —
on any road between the edge of a roadway and any portion of an unbroken white line or unbroken double white lines laid down on such road;
on any road where unbroken double yellow lines are laid down, from the point where such lines commence to the point they end;
on the side of any road between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on any day except Sundays or gazetted public holidays if on that side of the road an unbroken yellow line is laid down;
on the grass verge of a road;
within any pedestrian crossing;
within 6 metres of an intersection or junction of any road or street;
within 9 metres of a bus stop —
from the edge of the yellow demarcated box; or
from the tip of a bus bay,
except when the vehicle breaks down owing to a defect in the vehicle or its tyres;
within 3 metres on either side of any fire hydrant ;
on any slip road or filter lane; and
on any fly-over, underpass or the ramps leading to any fly-over or underpass.
23. No person shall repair a vehicle or permit a vehicle to be repaired on a road except in the case of an accident or a sudden breakdown where minor repair on the spot is necessary to enable the vehicle to be moved.
24. [Deleted by S 137/2011 wef 14/03/2011]
24A. No person shall park any vehicle within a Demerit Points No Parking Zone.
24B. No person shall stop any vehicle within a Demerit Points No Stopping Zone.
25. No person shall stop or park any vehicle on any part of a road which is marked by perpendicular yellow lines for the purpose of loading or unloading goods —
on Mondays to Fridays (with the exception of gazetted public holidays) between the hours of —
7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.;
12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m.; and
4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and
on Saturdays (with the exception of gazetted public holidays) between the hours of —
7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.; and
12 noon and 2 p.m.
26. Any person who drives or rides, or turns a vehicle or part thereof into a yellow box indicated by yellow lines connecting the 4 corners of —
a road junction and hatching the junction diagonally, notwithstanding that the light signals controlling the movement of vehicular traffic permit him to do so; or
and by doing so causes obstruction to any other vehicle proceeding to or along that road junction or any part of the road shall be guilty of an offence.
—(1) Where —
a bus is entering a Bus Give-Way Box from a bus bay; or
a bus which is at a bus bay stops before entering a Bus Give-Way Box and the driver of the bus signals his intention to turn the bus into the Bus Give-Way Box,
the driver or rider of a vehicle, driving or riding the vehicle in a Bus Give-Way Controlled Area and approaching the Bus Give-Way Box, shall stop before the Bus Give-Way Line and give way to the bus entering or waiting to enter the Bus Give-Way Box.
[S 652/2008 wef 20/12/2008]
(2) No person shall drive or ride any vehicle in, or cause or permit any vehicle to remain in, a Bus Give-Way Box so as to cause obstruction to any bus entering or about to enter the Bus Give-Way Box from a bus bay.
[S 652/2008 wef 20/12/2008]
27. Every vehicle used in connection with any road works shall carry sufficient red flags by day and sufficient red lamps by night to ensure the safety of road users and such flags or lamps shall be placed near the vehicle in such positions as to give adequate warning to approaching traffic.
28. No vehicle, except perambulators, shall be driven, parked or ridden on the footway of a road.
29. No vehicle shall be driven or ridden upon a road otherwise than in an orderly and careful manner and with due regard for the safety of others.
30. No person shall wash or clean or cause or permit to be washed or cleaned any vehicle on a road.
31. No crowd or collection of persons shall remain in any road so as to obstruct or prevent the free flow of traffic.
—(1) No person shall —
train, drive or ride;
expose for sale; or
lead, leave unattended or wash,
any animal on a road or the footway thereof.
(2) Paragraph (1)(c) shall not apply to dogs.
(3) Sheep or goats shall only be driven on a road between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 a.m. and shall be accompanied by a sufficient number of drovers to control them.
(4) A person leading or riding a horse on a road shall have proper control over the horse and shall not cause any danger or obstruction to traffic.
—(1) No person shall drive or cause to be driven on a road a heavy motor vehicle unless there is carried on that vehicle a portable warning sign of a type approved by the Minister.
(2) Where a heavy motor vehicle is broken down or disabled and is standing on a road, the driver or person in charge of the vehicle shall forthwith place or cause to be placed on the road at a distance of not less than 20 metres from the rear of the vehicle the portable warning sign referred to in paragraph (1) so as to give a warning of danger visible to drivers of other vehicles on that road.
(3) In this rule, “heavy motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle whose unladen weight exceeds 2,500 kg.
34. For the purposes of rule 33, the portable warning sign shall be of the following type approved by the Minister for Home Affairs and it shall —
conform with the requirements of the British Standard: Automobile Series Specification for Advance Warning Triangle to indicate Temporary Obstructions (B.S. AU 47: 1965);
bear the PSB Regulatory Batch Inspection Label of the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board; and
comply with the requirements specified in the Schedule.
36. No person riding a motor cycle or scooter on a road shall carry any child below 10 years of age as a pillion passenger.