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5 Traffic Fines in Singapore You Didn’t Know You Could Get Fined For

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Peter Lin

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You know how tourists in Singapore think it’s a big joke when they buy a T-shirt that says “Singapore is a FINE city” followed by a list of things that you can get fined for. You know, like littering, or jaywalking, or even using someone else’s WiFi network. But you know where it hurts the most? When you’re on the road. Or more accurately, when you’re out of your car after parking illegally. Recently, one Singaporean has to pay a total of $7,000 for his 14 traffic fines! All of them have to do with where he parked.

Here are 5 traffic fines in Singapore you didn’t know you could get booked for.

 

1. Parking a vehicle on a flyover

Fine: $70 for light vehicles, $100 for heavy vehicles.

Essentially, don’t be a jerk and put other people at risk. Even though the speed limit on a flyover is supposed to be 50km/h, Singaporean drivers tend to ignore it because they’re usually entering or exiting an expressway. What’s worse, many flyovers in Singapore are winding and you probably won’t see a parked vehicle until it’s too late.

Needless to say, “parking a vehicle on a ramp leading to a flyover” is illegal as well and carries the same fine.

 

2. Parking a vehicle in an underpass

Fine: $70 for light vehicles, $100 for heavy vehicles.

Having been a pedestrian for most of my life, my first thought when I saw this traffic fine was “How the hell does a vehicle get into an underpass”? Of course, this isn’t referring to a pedestrian underpass, but a vehicular one, like the Bukit Timah Underpass beneath the Farrer Flyover, or Queensway Underpass beneath Commonwealth Avenue.

Just like the flyover, it’s quite the jerk move to park in an underpass, because vehicles aren’t expecting to stop or change lanes when they’re in an underpass. Doing so puts others at risk.

In the same way, “parking a vehicle on a ramp leading to an underpass” is illegal and carries the same fine.

 

3. Stopping a vehicle on the right side of a two-way road

Fine: $70 for light vehicles, $100 for heavy vehicles.

Unless you’ve lived in countries like United States, or the Philippines, or China for extended periods of time, you know that it’s common sense not to stop your vehicle on the right side of a two way road. We drive on the left-hand side of the road, which means that parking on the right side will cause obstruction to oncoming traffic.

Needless to say, if you do park on the left-hand side of the road, you need to make sure you’re not “stopping a vehicle without facing the direction in which the traffic may lawfully move”. Or, in other words, don’t park against traffic!

On a one-way road, you can stop on either side, unless of course there’s an unbroken white line (or lines).

 

4. Parking a vehicle within 9 metres of a bus stop

Fine: $70 for light vehicles, $100 for heavy vehicles

Most drivers remember that you can’t park within 3 metres of a fire hydrant, or within 6 metres of a junction of any road or street, but did you know you also aren’t allowed to park within 9 metres of a bus stop?

Normally the measurement will be taken from the bus stop pole or the tip of the bus stop box, but in the case of a bus bay, the measurement is taken from the tip of the bus bay itself not the bus stop.

Of course, if you’re “parked” because your vehicle has broken down or your tyres have been punctured then you’re given a free pass.

 

5. Parking a vehicle on the grass verge of a road

Fine: $70 for light vehicles, $100 for heavy vehicles

Bet you didn’t realise this was illegal, huh? Especially since so many Singaporeans do it when they’re in landed property areas where there’s only one lane or a narrow two-way street. In all fairness, some drivers who are forced to park on the grass often do so to prevent any obstructions. But there will be those who think that any grass patch next to a road is as good as a parking lot. $70 should tell you otherwise.

In the same vein, “parking a vehicle on the footway of a road” is also illegal and carries the same fine. The simple lesson here? If there’s no official parking lot, don’t park there. It’s not worth it.

 

But wait, there’s more!

As of January 1st this year, repeat offenders will have to pay larger traffic fines for certain offences. A “repeat offender” is defined as having received a fine within the last 12 months from the date of his previous offence.

Here’s the complete table of traffic offenses that don’t carry demerit points:

S/N Offences Light Vehicle Light Vehicle Heavy Vehicle Heavy Vehicle
    First time Repeat offence First time Repeat offence
1 Failing to comply with the “No Parking” sign $70 $110 $100 $150
2 Failing to comply with the “No Stopping” sign $70 $110 $100 $150
3 Failing to comply with the “No Waiting” sign $70 $110 $100 $150
4 Failing to stop a vehicle parallel with the edge of the left-hand side of the road $70 $110 $100 $150
5 Failing to stop a vehicle close to the edge of the left-hand side of the road $70 $110 $100 $150
6 Stopping a vehicle in such a manner as to cause unnecessary obstruction to other road users $70 $110 $100 $150
7 Stopping a vehicle without facing the direction in which the traffic may lawfully move $70 $110 $100 $150
8 Stopping a vehicle on the right side of a two-way road $70 $110 $100 $150
9 Parking a vehicle on any road between the edge of a roadway and any portion of an unbroken white line laid down on such road $70 $110 $100 $150
10 Parking a vehicle on any road between the edge of a roadway and any portion of unbroken double white lines laid down on such road $70 $110 $100 $150
11 Parking a vehicle on any road where unbroken double yellow lines are laid down $70 $110 $100 $150
12 Parking a vehicle on any road where an unbroken yellow line is laid down $70 $110 $100 $150
13 Parking a vehicle on the grass verge of a road $70 $110 $100 $150
14 Parking a vehicle within 6 metres of a junction of any road or street $70 $110 $100 $150
15 Parking a vehicle within 9 metres of a bus stop $70 $110 $100 $150
16 Parking a vehicle within 3 metres of a fire hydrant $70 $110 $100 $150
17 Parking a vehicle on a slip road $70 $110 $100 $150
18 Parking a vehicle on a filter lane $70 $110 $100 $150
19 Parking a vehicle on a fly-over $70 $110 $100 $150
20 Parking a vehicle in an underpass $70 $110 $100 $150
21 Parking a vehicle on a ramp leading to a fly-over $70 $110 $100 $150
22 Parking a vehicle on a ramp leading to an underpass $70 $110 $100 $150
23 Parking a vehicle on the footway of a road $70 $110 $100 $150
24 Parking a heavy vehicle in any place other than the designated parking space $100 $150
25 Causing vehicle to remain at rest on a road in a position that is likely to cause danger to other road users $300 $450 $300 $450
26 Causing vehicle to remain at rest on a road in a position that is likely to cause undue inconvenience to other road users $300 $450 $300 $450
27 Parking a vehicle at a taxi stop $50 $80 $80 $120
28 Parking a vehicle at a public stand for taxis $50 $80 $80 $120
29 Stopping a vehicle on a central divider of expressway $70 $110 $100 $150

Illegal Parking Offences: With Demerit Points

S/N Offences Light Vehicle Light Vehicle Heavy Vehicle Heavy Vehicle Demerit Points
    First time Repeat offence First time Repeat offence  
1 Parking a vehicle within a pedestrian crossing $120 $180 $150 $230 3
2 Parking a vehicle within a Demerit Points No Parking Zone $120 $180 $150 $230 3
3 Parking within a Demerit Points No Parking Zone (footpath) $120 $180 $150 $230 3
4 Stopping within a Demerit Points No
Stopping Zone
$120 $180 $150 $230 3
5 Stopping within a Demerit Points No Stopping Zone (footpath) $120 $180 $150 $230 3
6 Parking abreast to another vehicle, causing unnecessary obstruction $120 $180 $150 $230 3
7 Causing a vehicle to be stopped in a zebra controlled area $120 $180 $160 $230 3
8 Stopping a vehicle on a carriageway of an expressway $130 $200 $160 $240 4
9 Stopping a vehicle on the shoulder of an
expressway
$130 $200 $160 $240 4
10 Stopping a vehicle on the verge of an
expressway
$130 $200 $160 $240 4

Know of any other traffic offenses that Singaporeans will be surprised to find out? Share them with us.

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Peter Lin

I am the poster boy for reinventing one's self. I've been a broadcast journalist, technical writer, banking customer service officer and a Catholic friar. My life experiences have made me the most cynical idealist you'll ever meet, which is why I'm also the co-founder of a local pop culture website. I believe ignorance is not bliss, and that money is the root of all evil only if you allow it to be.

  • nelson

    How often you get fine for the above offences? Our police cruising around, only enjoying the car ride. One small case, 3 to 4 petrol cars gather there for an hour. The TP only petrol the highway. Who else is responsible for all the traffic offenders? Who’s going to catch the drivers, driving with illegal head lights which can blind others on the road?

  • Lwy Pug

    Just take the bloody sardine trains…