We refer to Mr Gan Chin Yean’s letter ‘Heavier penalties better to stop vehicles from hitting overhead structures’ (TODAY Online, 2 Oct 2014).
Incidents involving an over-height vehicle hitting an overhead structure are relatively low. However, a damaged overhead road structure can pose significant danger to the vehicle driver and other road users. Many of the 24 cases in the last four years can be prevented as they were caused by drivers who forget to retract their machinery before driving off.
The six-month trial for vehicle height limit warning system complements our stringent enforcement and outreach efforts to stem this dangerous driving behaviour.
Today, those found guilty of hitting a road structure will be fined a maximum of $5,000 or can be jailed for up to two years. The owner or driver of the vehicle will also have to pay for the repairs of the damaged road structure.
Besides enforcement, we send out public education brochures and stickers to remind owners and drivers of heavy vehicles of the need to fully retract their machinery when on the road. We have also collaborated with the driving centres to ensure that all candidates who want to get a Class 4 or Class 5 driving licence are taught on the need to check for height limits and are made aware of the consequences and stringent penalties for hitting a overhead structure.
We thank Mr Gan for his feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority