Do away with shared 'green' time at signalised junctions

I support MP Png Eng Huat's call for shared "green" time at signalised junctions - where vehicles are allowed to turn when pedestrians are also permitted to cross - to be done away with (MPs' suggestions: Shared 'green' time; March 8).

These days, it is even more unsafe as drivers - who are already busy looking out for oncoming vehicles - may spot only at the last minute cyclists and e-scooter riders who suddenly zip across such pedestrian crossings without first dismounting. I once made a right turn at a signalised crossing one early morning when it was still dark, and got a rude shock when two darkly attired cyclists suddenly rode across the crossing without first dismounting. They were lucky to get away unscathed.

Cyclists, e-scooter riders and pedestrians must realise that drivers need time to apply their brakes after spotting them, and that vehicles do not come to a complete halt instantly.

There have been reports of pedestrians being injured or killed by vehicles turning at the same time that they were crossing the road, as both parties thought they were permitted by the traffic lights to do so (LTA acts to ease worries over some road crossings; Oct 16, 2017). Such shared green time is dangerous to pedestrians and other road users. We should do away with it before more people get hurt.

Edwin Pang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline 'Do away with shared 'green' time at signalised junctions'. Print Edition | Subscribe