LTA introduces new initiatives at 10 schools as a pilot to enhance road safety for students
1. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed its review of the School Zone scheme to enhance road safety for students. From the first quarter of 2014, LTA will implement a series of new road safety initiatives at 10 primary schools as a pilot before extending the scheme to other schools progressively.
2. Announcing this during a visit to Shuqun Primary School, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, and Chairman of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC), Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said, “A key focus of the PCSC is to enhance road safety for vulnerable road users like young students. The committee has reviewed the existing schemes and identified areas where further improvements can be made. The new initiatives that we intend to introduce at the 10 selected schools, including Shuqun Primary School, are part of our continued efforts to improve road safety, while balancing the needs of other road users.”
3. Shuqun Primary School is among the 10 schools that will be included in the pilot programme. The schools in the pilot programme are selected based on a series of factors, including the geometry and type of the road fronting the school, as well as the type of pedestrian crossings along the road. Works to implement the new road safety initiatives at other schools will commence progressively after the pilot.
4. Currently, the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Traffic Police and LTA work closely to develop suitable traffic arrangements within and around schools to ensure safety of school children. Roads outside all primary schools are identified with ‘School Zone’ signs, and selected roads are painted with red patches to alert drivers that they are travelling within a school zone, as well as to the presence of students. All schools are provided with a handbook to guide their students on road safety and ensure road safety practices are observed within and around the school compound.
New Road Safety Initiatives within School Zones
5. To further enhance road safety within school zones, the speed limit along roads fronting the 10 selected primary schools will be lowered to 40 km/h during school operation hours. Outside these hours, the road speed limit will revert to the existing speed limit. To alert motorists of the need to slow down during school operation hours, LTA will introduce a new 40 km/h speed limit sign and a “When Lights Flash” supplementary sign, which will be accompanied by flashing amber lights. The reduced speed limit will be progressively extended to other primary schools that have zebra crossings and signalised pedestrian crossings along their school frontages after the pilot.
6. LTA will also introduce a toolkit of existing and new road safety initiatives to enhance road safety along primary and secondary school frontages. The toolkit will include different traffic calming measures and reminder messages, such as the ‘LOOK’ warning marking to remind pedestrians to check for traffic at zebra crossings, and road markings to remind motorists to slow down. These measures will be customised according to the site layout outside the respective schools.
Extension of ‘School Zone’ signs to Secondary Schools
7. LTA will also extend the existing ‘School Zone’ signs to secondary schools to raise the awareness of motorists when they approach secondary schools from second quarter of 2014. This will be completed by end 2015.
8. Please refer to Annex A for the list of road safety initiatives that will be implemented to further enhance safety within school zones.
9. Moving forward, LTA will continue to review and improve road safety conditions by working with the community and relevant agencies.
 The 10 schools are Shuqun Primary School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, Canberra Primary School, Nan Hua Primary School, North Spring Primary School, Ngee Ann Primary School, Townsville Primary School, St. Margaret’s Primary School, Gan Eng Seng Primary School, and Ang Mo Kio Primary School.