Five roads in Sengkang were identified for special mention in parliament when Gan Thiam Poh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Fernvale in Ang Mo Kio GRC, filed a Parliamentary Question on the number of drivers caught speeding along those roads.
The roads are:
- Fernvale Street
- Fernvale Link
- Jalan Kayu
- Fernvale Road
- Sengkang West Way
Between Sep. 2019 and Feb. 2021, there were 6,500 drivers caught for speeding along these five roads, said home affairs and law minister K Shanmugam in a written reply on Apr. 5.
Of the five areas mentioned, Shanmugam said that Sengkang West Way accounted for "the vast majority" of the speeding violations.
This works out to an average of 11.88 drivers per day over the 18-month period.
Gan told CNA that he posed the question due to feedback from residents who complained about being awakened by loud noises from vehicles that were possibly illegally modified for speed.
Traffic Police do not define areas as "speeding red zones"
Gan also asked if the five roads could be considered as "speeding red zones" and whether the authorities could carry out operations to tackle speeding, and offences of modified engines that cause excessive noise at these locations.
In reply, Shanmugam said that the Traffic Police do not define areas as "speeding red zones".
He added that joint operations by the Traffic Police and the Land Transport Authority covered the five areas in Sengkang.
These operations were to detect speeding and illegal modification of vehicles.
Shanmugam said that the Traffic Police is also studying the feasibility of deploying a speed camera at Sengkang West Way, "to increase deterrence".
Penalties for speeding and illegal modifications
The penalty for speeding is a fine of up to S$1,000, imprisoned up to three months, or both.
For illegally modifying a vehicle, offenders can be fined up to S$5,000, imprisoned up to three months, or both, while repeat offenders can have their penalties doubled.
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