- Higher fines for motorists who repeat offences within 12 months
- Smoother traffic with CCTV cameras at 40 more locations from early 2015
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is introducing new measures to deter and reduce illegal parking.
Higher fines for repeat offenders
2. About half of all illegal parking traffic notices issued between 2011 and 2014 are committed by repeat offenders1. To reduce the number of repeat offenders and thereby the overall number illegal parking offences, LTA will introduce a tiered fines2 regime from 1 January 2015 to serve as a stronger deterrence against illegal parking. Under the new regime, motorists who receive their second Notice of Traffic Offence (NTO) within 12 months will have to pay a higher tier of fines. This is the first adjustment to illegal parking fines in two decades.
3. To illustrate, a motorist caught parking a light vehicle along unbroken double yellow lines will be fined $110, instead of $70, if this is the second NTO he has been issued within 12 months. Please refer to Annex A for an illustration of how the new tiered fines regime will be implemented, and Annex B for the table of tiered fines.
4. The number of demerit points, which are meted out for more serious illegal parking offences, will remain unchanged. NTOs issued prior to 1 January 2015 will not be taken into consideration when applying the tiered fines regime.
CCTV cameras will be installed at 40 more locations
5. The installation of CCTV cameras at 30 locations earlier this year to enforce and deter illegal parking on a 24 hour basis has resulted in significantly smoother traffic. LTA will install CCTV cameras at 40 more locations.
6. “Since the implementation of CCTV cameras, we have observed improved traffic conditions along some stretches of roads which used to suffer from obstruction caused by indiscriminately parked vehicles, such as along Beach Road, Bishan Road and Pasir Panjang Road. Besides improving traffic flow for cars and other road users, our bus commuters have also benefitted from smoother traffic along these roads. We will continue to monitor the situation and review the need to install CCTV cameras at more locations,” explained Dr Chin Kian Keong, LTA’s Group Director for Transportation and Road Operations.
1 Repeat offenders refer to motorists who have more than one NTO issued to them in less than 12 months.
2 The term “fines” refers to the composition sum that LTA may offer to a person reasonably suspected of having committed a compoundable offence, such as illegal parking, in lieu of prosecution in court.