The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

Worrying trends on the road


I AM saddened to hear of the deaths and injuries of road users over the past year.

I drive to work every day and have noticed a few worrying trends.

First, the standard of driving of those at the wheel of public-hire vehicles - buses, taxis and school buses - has deteriorated. They often do not signal when changing lanes.

Second, the rise in the number of twin-engine cars, including sport utility vehicles with powerful engines, is worrying, These drivers weave across lanes and try to speed in congested traffic.

Third, there has been an increase in the number of high-backed vehicles, which completely block the view of the drivers behind, who are unable to anticipate traffic conditions ahead. These vehicles also often travel beyond their speed limits, making it difficult for others to overtake safely.

There has to be stricter measures to raise the standards of bus and taxi drivers.

Taxi operators cannot continue to give licences to cabbies who drive dangerously.

Vans and trucks should keep to the left lane.

Finally, we need to reduce the number of vehicles coming onto our roads. Certificates of entitlement have failed to do this. What we need is proper regulation of the car industry.

Wendy Louis (Ms)