Parliament: LTA mulling penalties to deter drivers who cause oil spills, Ng Chee Meng says

Oil spill on the left-most lane of Lornie Road in the direction of Adam Road on Feb 16, 2016.
Oil spill on the left-most lane of Lornie Road in the direction of Adam Road on Feb 16, 2016.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is considering imposing deterrent penalties on drivers responsible for oil spills, after four major spills on Singapore roads this year caused traffic snarls.

The LTA has claimed amounts from involved parties ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 for the costs of repairs to damaged roads in recent years, Senior Minister of State for Transport Ng Chee Meng told Parliament on Tuesday (March 1).

He added there is no common profile of drivers involved.

"Both local and foreign drivers and vehicles were involved," he said, responding to questions by Ms Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar GRC).

 

Most oil spills were caused by accidents or breakdowns, he added. To reduce accidents, the Traffic Police will continue to educate the public and crack down on those who drive recklessly. The LTA also mandates regular vehicle inspections to ensure that vehicles are kept in good shape, to minimise breakdowns.

Mr Ng added that oil spills are not reflected in Expressway Monitoring Advisory System (EMAS) signs, as they are often not the root cause of a traffic incident.

However, LTA will review how the system can be improved to better inform motorists of conditions on the roads.