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Road Traffic Act
Road Traffic (ASEAN Member Country-Registered Goods and Public Service Vehicles Licensing) Rules
R 17
G.N. No. S 219/1980
REVISED EDITION 1999
(30th September 1999)
[2nd January 2001]
Citation
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Road Traffic (ASEAN Member Country-Registered Goods and Public Service Vehicles Licensing) Rules.
Definition
2.  In these Rules, “ASEAN member country” means any of the following countries:
(a)
Brunei Darussalam;
(b)
Republic of Indonesia;
(c)
Lao People’s Democratic Republic;
(d)
Malaysia;
(e)
Union of Myanmar;
(f)
Republic of the Philippines;
(g)
Kingdom of Thailand;
(h)
Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Issue of Goods Vehicle and Public Service Vehicle Licences
3.  A goods vehicle exceeding 1,000kg in weight unladen, or a public service vehicle (other than a private hire car), that is not registered and licensed under the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) Rules (R 5) may be used in Singapore if there is in force in respect of the vehicle —
(a)
a licence issued under any written law in an ASEAN member country corresponding to the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) Rules; and
(b)
a Goods Vehicle Licence in the case of a goods vehicle, or a Public Service Vehicle Licence in the case of a public service vehicle, issued under these Rules.
Insurance requirements
4.  The Registrar shall not issue a Goods Vehicle Licence or a Public Service Vehicle Licence under these Rules unless there is produced to him in respect of the goods vehicle or the public service vehicle, as the case may be, a certificate of foreign insurance, certificate of security or certificate of foreign insurance that complies with the requirements of the Motor Vehicles (Third-Party Risks and Compensation) Act (Cap. 189) that is valid for the period of the licence for which the application is made.
Conditions of issue of Public Service Vehicle Licence
5.  The issue of a Public Service Vehicle Licence under these Rules shall be subject to the following conditions:
(a)
in the case of an omnibus, that the owner thereof is in possession of a valid bus service licence granted under the Public Transport Council Act (Cap. 259B); and
(b)
in the case of any other public service vehicle other than a taxi —
(i)
that it shall be used only for the purpose of proceeding from or to an ASEAN member country in continuation of a journey commenced in an ASEAN member country; and
(ii)
that no passenger, other than a passenger commencing such journey in an ASEAN member country, shall be picked up or set down in Singapore.
Application for licence
6.
—(1)  An application for a licence under these Rules shall —
(a)
be made in such form as the Registrar may require; and
(b)
be accompanied by the fee appropriate to the vehicle in respect of which the application is made.
(2)  The application shall be made not less than 7 days before the date on which the applicant desires the licence to commence.
Period of licence
7.
—(1)  A licence issued under these Rules may be taken out for a period of 6 or 12 months from the first day of the month in which such licence is issued.
(2)  The Registrar may issue a licence with or without conditions, or may refuse to issue a licence.
(3)  The Registrar may, in his discretion, issue a licence for any period less than 12 months.
(4)  The fees to be charged for the issue of such licences shall be as specified in the Schedule.
Refund
8.
—(1)  The holder of a licence shall be entitled to a refund of the amount by which the fee paid exceeds the amount payable at the monthly rate prescribed for such licence in respect of each complete calendar month which has expired at the date of receipt by the Registrar of the licence, provided the total amount of the fee refundable exceeds $20.
(2)  An application for a refund of the licence fee shall be made in such form as the Registrar may require and shall be delivered to the Registrar together with the licence.
(3)  For the purpose of paragraph (1), a part of a month shall be deemed to be a complete calendar month.
Refusal to issue or revocation of licence
9.
—(1)  Notwithstanding anything in these Rules, the Registrar may refuse to issue a licence or may revoke a licence already issued, without assigning any reason if —
(a)
he is satisfied that the licence applied for or issued is not the appropriate licence for the motor vehicle concerned;
(b)
he considers that the motor vehicle is unsuitable for use;
(c)
he considers that the motor vehicle has been or is intended to be used for an unlawful purpose or in an unlawful manner;
(d)
it appears to him that the person applying for or holding a licence is not a fit and proper person to hold a licence; or
(e)
it appears to him that there has been a breach of any of the conditions, under which a licence is issued, or any of these Rules.
(2)  For the purpose of satisfying himself in regard to any of the matters specified in paragraph (1), the Registrar may require the motor vehicle to be produced for inspection or may require the production of other sufficient evidence.
Return of licence upon revocation
10.  Where the Registrar has revoked a licence, the holder of the licence shall on receipt of the notice of revocation forthwith send or deliver the licence to the Registrar for cancellation.
Display and position of licence, etc.
11.  Rules 48, 49(1)(c) and (2), 50 and 51 of the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) Rules (R 5) shall apply to a Goods Vehicle Licence or a Public Service Vehicle Licence issued under these Rules as if it were a licence issued under Part III of the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) Rules (R 5).