We thank Ms Caroline Tan Lian Neo for her feedback ("Hard to see road signs with trees, other signs about"; Forum Online, April 13).
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) works with the National Parks Board (NParks) to ensure foliage does not obstruct signs along our roads and expressways.
Together with NParks, we have followed up on Ms Tan's feedback about the obstruction of the signs before the Pan-Island Expressway exit to Toh Guan Road (coming from Changi) and at the turn-off to Airport Road before Bartley Viaduct, by relocating some of the trees.
New developments under construction or showflats often do not have addresses and cannot be found in the street directory. Hence, we allow developers to erect temporary directional signs to help guide road users to their developments.
Each developer must obtain a Temporary Occupation Permit to put up one sign on each road and is limited to a maximum of six signs in total, which may be displayed for up to six months.
The LTA conducts regular spot checks on signs placed along the roads and will take action against those who put up unauthorised ones. Those found guilty shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $2,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $100 for each day that the offence continues.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations and Public Education
Land Transport Authority