Additional checks on speed limiters for heavy vehicles caught speeding

Heavy vehicles caught speeding will have to go through additional inspections to ensure that their speed limiters are functioning properly. Speed limiters installed in these vehicles restricts the vehicle's maximum speed to 60kmh. This new rule come in effect from Nov 1 onwards.

Those caught speeding for the first and second time will be required to undergo inspections every six months for two years. For the third offence and beyond, the vehicle inspection will take place every three months for two years.

The move, which applies to vehicles such as prime movers, tipper trucks and public buses, aims to cut down speeding violations, said the Traffic Police in a statement on Monday. There were 1,766 such violations in the first six months of this year.

Heavy vehicles are currently required by law to have speed limiters installed. Vehicle owners are also responsible for installing and maintaining the speed limiter in their vehicles. Owners of heavy vehicles who do not bring their vehicles for the mandatory checks may be prosecuted in court under the Road Traffic Act. If convicted, they face a maximum fine of $1,000 or up to three months in jail for a first offence.