Formula One: Singapore GP put in place measures to combat touting

Singapore GP has set up several measures aimed at protecting patrons from ticket touts.
Singapore GP has set up several measures aimed at protecting patrons from ticket touts.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Reports of touting before this weekend's Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix have prompted race promoter Singapore GP to protect race patrons by setting tickets aside in a number of categories for sale on-site only.

Reselling tickets or purchasing them from an unauthorised agent is in breach of the conditions of sale and entry. Such tickets could be voided and the ticket holder may be denied race entry.

Ticket resales are forbidden in order to discourage touting or hoarding of tickets. As a prevention measure, Singapore GP has set aside a number of tickets within the current allocation for purchase at certain official outlets.

They can be obtained at selected gates at the Circuit Park from Friday to Sunday (Sept 16-18), as well as the ticket collection centre at the Raffles City Convention Centre (Swissotel The Stamford, Level 4) from 10am to 10pm daily until Sunday.

Information on available ticket categories is available online at www.singaporegp.sg and via the ticketing hotline on 6738-6738.

Touting in Singapore is a criminal offence. In the 2011 edition of the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay, illegal peddlers camped outside the McDonald's cafe at Raffles City, looking for ticketless fans making their way to the circuit from City Hall MRT station.

Standing within metres of police officers, the touts targeted those without ticket lanyards around their necks and were selling walkabout Zone 4 tickets for around $150 to $170 - well above the official price of $118.