Electronic eyes to deter illegal parking and driving round the island

Drivers, beware of electronic eyes where you decide to park at certain “hot” areas. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in 10 more locations across Singapore from July 15 to tackle illegal parking, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Friday (July 4).

In a statement, LTA said the locations are selected based on considerations such as a high incidence of illegal parking, typically daily and throughout the day. Illegal parking impedes the smooth flow of public buses, particularly where the roads serve a high number of public bus services.

Once activated, the CCTVs will be used to monitor the specified locations 24 hours a day. Motorists will be able to easily identify these locations as they are clearly demarcated by parking restriction lines and signs to highlight their presence in the area, said the LTA.

The 10 new locations are:

Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 (AMK MRT)
Boon Lay Way (Lakeside MRT)
New Upper Changi Rd (Bedok MRT, Bedok Centre)
Pasir Panjang Road (AVA centre to shophouses before MAS Currency House)
Woodlands Road (Kranji MRT, both directions)
Collyer Quay (both directions)
Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 (Lot 1, CCK MRT/LRT)
Choa Chu Kang Loop (outside CCK Bus Interchange)
Jalan Sultan (Textile Centre)
Tampines Central 1 (near to bus interchange, Tampines MRT)

The locations are in addition to the existing 10 locations already using CCTVs to deter illegal parking since Apr 14.

The agency also said another 10 locations will use the CCTVs by October 2014. bringing the total number to 30. The locations are:

Beach Road (at Golden Mile Food Centre)
River Valley Road (in front of Spize, Boon Tong Kee)
Tanjong Katong Road (near Parkstone Road)
Woodlands Ave 7 (Admiralty MRT)
North Bridge Road (opposite and along Bugis Junction)
Jalan Besar (Eminent Plaza)
Punggol Road (junction of Punggol Central, both directions)
Sembawang Road (Jalan Lengkok Sembawang )
Serangoon Road (Tekka Centre)
Upper Serangoon Road (junction of Simon Road & Florence Road)

The LTA said it will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the CCTVs after implementation and review the need for expansion to other areas where necessary.

In addition to static CCTVs, LTA will expand the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on buses from June 1. The cameras continuously monitor the roads in front of the buses and record on video any motorists who infringe the bus lanes.

To date, more than 3,300 existing buses have been equipped with CCTV, the agency said.

According to the LTA, 1,560 motorists in 2013 were caught on CCTV driving on bus lanes during restricted hours. This is an improvement from 2008, when 2,112 motorists were caught on CCTV.

From June 16, full-day bus lanes at seven selected locations – Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, Hill Street, Victoria Street, Kallang Road, Sims Avenue (between Kallang Road and Sims Way) and Geylang Road (between Sims Way and Kallang Road) – will feature new road markings , which will include the bus lane operation hours as a reminder to motorists.

The LTA will also expand the Mandatory Give Way to Buses Scheme at bus stops. By the end of this year, a total of about 300 bus stops island-wide will be covered under the scheme.

There were 1,883 cases of motorists failing to give way to buses under the scheme in 2013, a decline of more than 40 per cent from the 3,325 offences in 2009, LTA said.



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