Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore will remove the vehicle speed limit of 70 km/h for eight-seater passenger cars with effect from February 1, 2019.
Currently, eight-seater passenger cars are subject to a vehicle speed limit of 70km/h, whereas other smaller passenger cars do not have vehicle speed limits.
“Given advancements in vehicle safety standards, LTA will remove the vehicle speed limits for eight-seater passenger cars from 1 February 2019. With this change, eight-seater passenger cars will only be required to observe the same road speed limits as other passenger cars. This is in line with the practice in other countries,” stated LTA in a press release issued today.
In addition to this, LTA will also commence a trial of the revised speed limit for mobile cranes starting from February 1, 2019, following a review of speed limits in other countries.
Currently, mobile cranes with a laden weight of up to 24,000kg have a vehicle speed limit of 40km/h, while mobile cranes with a laden weight exceeding 24,000kg have a vehicle speed limit of 20km/h.
LTA has received feedback from the industry that the speed limit of 20km/h is too low, resulting in longer travelling time on the road which may cause driver fatigue.
As a result of the feedback, LTA will commence a trial on 1 February 2019 to increase vehicle speed limits for mobile cranes with laden weight exceeding 24,000kg to 40km/h.
“This decision takes into account improvements in vehicle technology and design that allow mobile cranes to travel safely at higher speeds, and is also in line with practice in other countries such as Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom,” said LTA in the release.
During the trial, all mobile cranes will be required to adhere to the road speed limit or the vehicle speed limit of 40km/h, whichever is lower.
LTA and the Traffic Police (TP) have alerted that all motorists and road users to play their part in keeping the roads of Singapore safe. Drivers caught speeding will be subject to penalties which may include fines, demerit points, or court prosecution.