Review of Vehicle Speed Limits

News Releases 29 Jan 2019 vehicle speed limit laden weight

As part of a review of vehicle speed limits, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will remove the vehicle speed limit for eight-seater passenger cars with effect from 1 February 2019. LTA will also commence a trial of the revised speed limit for mobile cranes starting from 1 February 2019, following a review of speed limits in other countries.

Removal of Vehicle Speed Limit for Eight-Seater Passenger Cars

2.     Currently, eight-seater passenger cars are subject to a vehicle speed limit of 70km/h, whereas other smaller passenger cars do not have vehicle speed limits. Given advancements in vehicle safety standards, LTA will remove the vehicle speed limits for eight-seater passenger cars from 1 February 2019. With this change, eight-seater passenger cars will only be required to observe the same road speed limits as other passenger cars. This is in line with the practice in other countries.

Trial of Revised Speed Limit for Mobile Cranes

3.     Currently, mobile cranes with a laden weight of up to 24,000kg have a vehicle speed limit of 40km/h, while mobile cranes with a laden weight exceeding 24,000kg have a vehicle speed limit of 20km/h. LTA has received feedback from the industry that the speed limit of 20km/h is too low, resulting in longer travelling time on the road which may cause driver fatigue.

4.     In view of industry feedback, LTA will commence a trial on 1 February 2019 to increase vehicle speed limits for mobile cranes with laden weight exceeding 24,000kg to 40km/h. This decision takes into account improvements in vehicle technology and design that allow mobile cranes to travel safely at higher speeds, and is also in line with practice in other countries such as Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom[1].

5.     During the trial, all mobile cranes will be required to adhere to the road speed limit or the vehicle speed limit of 40km/h, whichever is lower.

6.     LTA and the Traffic Police (TP) would like to remind all motorists and road users to play their part in keeping our roads safe. Drivers caught speeding will be subject to penalties which may include fines, demerit points, or court prosecution.

7.     Mr Jimmy Chua, Chairman of Singapore Cranes Association said, “We welcome the 6-month trial to increase the travelling speed of mobile cranes. These drivers also have to operate the cranes at the worksite and a slow travelling speed across a long distance may result in driving fatigue and workplace accidents. The SCA will reach out to our members and remind all crane drivers to drive safely at all times.”


 

[1] The maximum speed limit for such vehicles is 40-50km/h in Australia, 48km/h in the United Kingdom, and 70km/h in Hong Kong.

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