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No. S 392
Road Traffic Act
Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Driving Licences) (Amendment) Rules 2005
In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 48 and 140 of the Road Traffic Act, the Minister for Home Affairs hereby makes the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Driving Licences) (Amendment) Rules 2005 and shall come into operation on 20th June 2005.
Amendment of rule 2
2.  Rule 2 of the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Driving Licences) Rules (R 27) (referred to in these Rules as the principal Rules) is amended —
(a)
by deleting the definition of “demerit points”; and
(b)
by re-numbering the rule as paragraph (1) of that rule, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following paragraph:
(2)  For the purposes of these Rules, where a holder of a driving licence applies to take any test of competence or applies for any provisional licence under these Rules, the number of demerit points accumulated by him as at the date of his application shall be the aggregate of the following:
(a)
any demerit points already awarded to the holder of the driving licence under the Road Traffic (Driver Improvement Points System) Rules (R 25) as at the date of his application; and
(b)
where —
(i)
on or before the date of his application, a notice under section 132 or 135 of the Act has been issued to or criminal proceedings have been instituted against the holder of the driving licence in respect of any offence which is specified in the Schedule to the Road Traffic (Driver Improvement Points System) Rules (referred to in this paragraph as a scheduled offence); and
(ii)
as at the date of his application, the holder of the driving licence has not paid the prescribed penalty for the scheduled offence, or the criminal proceedings have not been concluded, as the case may be,
any demerit points which would be awarded to the holder of the driving licence if, after the date of his application, he were to pay the prescribed penalty for, or be convicted of, the scheduled offence, as the case may be.”.
Deletion and substitution of rules 14 and 15
3.  Rules 14 and 15 of the principal Rules are deleted and the following rules substituted therefor:
Circumstances in which person may take test of competence to ride Class 2, 2A or 2B vehicle
14.  A person shall not be allowed to take a test of competence to ride —
(a)
a Class 2B vehicle, if he has, as a holder of a driving licence, accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application;
(b)
a Class 2A vehicle, unless —
(i)
he has been holding a driving licence in respect of a Class 2B vehicle for at least one year; and
(ii)
he has not accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application; or
(c)
a Class 2 vehicle, unless —
(i)
he has been holding a driving licence in respect of a Class 2A vehicle for at least one year; and
(ii)
he has not accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application.
Test of competence to drive Class 3 or 3A vehicle not to be taken by applicant awarded more than 12 demerit points
15.  A person shall not be allowed to take a test of competence to drive a Class 3 or Class 3A vehicle if he has, as the holder of a licence for any other class of vehicle, accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application.”.
Amendment of rule 16
4.  Rule 16 of the principal Rules is amended by deleting paragraph (2) and substituting the following paragraph:
(2)  For the purpose of paragraph (1), a person shall not be deemed to be competent to drive a vehicle of any class if he has, as a holder of a driving licence, accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application.”.
Amendment of rule 22
5.  Rule 22 of the principal Rules is amended —
(a)
by deleting the word “and” at the end of paragraph (1)(a)(iii);
(b)
by inserting, immediately after sub-paragraph (iv) of paragraph (1)(a), the following sub-paragraph:
(v)
he has not accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application; and”;
(c)
by inserting, immediately after the words “Class 3” in paragraph (1)(b), the words “or Class 3A”;
(d)
by deleting the word “and” at the end of paragraph (1)(b)(ii);
(e)
by deleting the full-stop at the end of sub-paragraph (iii) of paragraph (1)(b) and substituting the word “; and”, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following sub-paragraph:
(iv)
he has not accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application.”;
(f)
by deleting paragraph (2) and substituting the following paragraph:
(2)  An applicant shall not be granted a provisional licence to learn to drive —
(a)
a Class 4 or Class 4A vehicle, unless —
(i)
he is the holder of a driving licence authorising him to drive a Class 3 vehicle; and
(ii)
he has not accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application;
(b)
a Class 5 vehicle, unless —
(i)
he is the holder of a driving licence authorising him to drive a Class 4 vehicle; and
(ii)
he has not accumulated more than 12 demerit points as at the date of his application.”; and
(g)
by inserting, immediately after the words “Class 3,” in paragraph (3)(b), the words “Class 3A,”.
[G.N. Nos. S 562/2002; S245/2004; S 304/2004; S 515/2004; S 774/2004]
[TP 4.15.18.1; AG/LEG/SL/276/2005/15 Vol. 1]