We refer to Mr Ong Hon Bee’s letter ‘Do more to stop tall vehicles hitting overhead structures’ (The Straits Times, 15 Nov).
We share Mr Ong’s concern about the risk and impact to other road users when over-height vehicles hit overhead structures. As part of our public education effort to remind motorists of the vehicle height control requirement, we have distributed brochures and information stickers to the owners and drivers of lorry crane vehicles. Tips on what they should do before starting their journeys are also included in the brochures. In addition, a video on the responsibilities of heavy vehicle drivers and vehicle height control requirements is also screened at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre before applicants for Class 4 and 5 Driving Licences are issued with their driving licences.
The height detection system trial at Upper Bukit Timah will complement existing efforts in preventing over-height vehicles from hitting our road infrastructures. We will look into the feasibility of Mr Ong’s suggestion of implementing a compulsory inter-locking system on such trucks to prevent them from moving off when the crane is not yet lowered.
We thank Mr Ong for his suggestions.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations and Public Education
Land Transport Authority