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North-South Expressway plans announced

The upcoming major highway to be built on the island, North-South Expressway was announced on today’s press with details to excite the nation- especially the non-motorists.

The new highway will have a 21.5km length route linking woodlands to town area, with a partial underground roads. It will have 3 lanes in each direction with one reserved for the buses. The towns that the highway will pass through include Toa Payoh, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Yishun and Sembawang before reaching East Coast Parkway.

One major feature of the expressway is that a cycling path and pedestrian walkway will be build along the entire route. This will enhance the clean and green city vision that the government is painting to the nation.  Instead of 2020 as planned, the project is likely to complete a year later.


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.



Good news for motorcyclists especially despatch/delivery riders in Singapore

A few months ago, MP Er Lee Bee Wah told me that our despatch/delivery riders need our help with their motorcycle parking fees. As delivery riders, they have to make frequent trips to multiple places in a single day, and may have to park in a few HDB and URA car parks in one day.

We have helped these riders by capping their parking fees at $0.65 per entry into each HDB or URA car park. But because they mayPer minute parking cover several car parks, they can still chalk up considerable parking charges. And apparently, they bear these charges themselves, and not their employers.

I am happy to announce that HDB and URA will be implementing per-minute parking for motorcycles parking at their Electronic Parking System (EPS) car parks from tomorrow. Motorcyclists will be charged a new EPS parking rate of $0.20 per hour, or $0.00333 per minute, and the total parking charges at each car park will remain capped at $0.65 per day or night parking session. This will particularly benefit the delivery riders. They will pay less than before, much less.

Of course, the existing grace period of 10 minutes will remain unchanged.

Mr Ahmad Indra Bin Sabtu is one motorcyclist who will benefit from the new parking rate. He is a delivery rider who visits some 25 car parks for a typical shift and used to spend up to $5 on parking charges daily. Now, Mr Ahmad Indra can pay as he parks, with the charges capped at $0.65 per session (or $1.30 for the whole day and night) at each car park.

This change will benefit the despatch and delivery riders personally. But their employers may also want to play a part too, by taking on some of the parking charges incurred by their employees?