Step up checks against errant road users

Traffic along Central Expressway, near Jalan Bahagia exit.
Traffic along Central Expressway, near Jalan Bahagia exit. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Many people in Singapore have lamented about how unsafe our roads are ("Stop blame game, learn to be gracious road users" by Charles Tan Kim Seng; Sept 26, "Driver crashes into bus; shoves cops, medics"; Sept 24, " Taxi caught travelling against traffic flow"; Sept 15).

It is so common to see road users abusing the traffic regulations that perhaps it is time to focus on stricter enforcement.

I have these suggestions:

•Have a single point of contact for the reporting of traffic offences and dangerous road conditions.

I have been told that parking offences along the roads and in certain carparks come under the purview of the Land Transport Authority; parking offences in Housing Board carparks come under the HDB; reporting litter and obstacles on the roads come under the National Environment Agency; fallen trees or branches come under the National Parks Board; and offences involving drivers come under the Traffic Police.

•Make it easier to report a traffic offence. Recently, I came across an incident involving the abuse of a handicapped parking space in an HDB carpark, and filled up a form, even attaching a photo, on the HDB website to report it, only to receive a reply from the HDB asking me to fill up another form and send it back to them before they could issue a fine to the culprit.

•Ensure that all road users (including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists) adhere to traffic rules. Offenders should be severely dealt with. I am surprised to see road bullies tailgating other cars in a dangerous manner and getting away with it - as well as pedestrians crossing roads illegally and cyclists riding in groups while talking.

Nowadays, we can even find wheelchairs and e-scooters on the roads.

•Ensure that all road users adhere to the speed limits. Road hogging and speeding should all be considered traffic offences.

Every day, I encounter vans, school buses and some cars occupying the centre lanes of the expressways and travelling way below the speed limits.

There are so many of these road hogs that motorists end up swerving in and out of lanes, while having to deal with tailgating cars. I find that it is almost a miracle to stay safe on the roads each day.

Jacqueline Lim Cheng Mui (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2016, with the headline 'Step up checks against errant road users'. Print Edition | Subscribe