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Is it illegal to use mobile whilst driving here....

Postby Barnsley » Wed, 18 Jun 2014 6:29 pm

Just saw a dude on his phone coming out of the traffic Police place in Ubi....

He stopped in the box junction also....

What kind of example is that :o :o :cool:
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Postby PNGMK » Wed, 18 Jun 2014 7:54 pm

Definitely illegal.

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Re: Is it illegal to use mobile whilst driving here....

Postby ecureilx » Wed, 18 Jun 2014 9:19 pm

Barnsley wrote:Just saw a dude on his phone coming out of the traffic Police place in Ubi....

He stopped in the box junction also....

What kind of example is that :o :o :cool:


it is illegal and demerit points too ...

years ago I was stopped by a TP back home for crawling past an empty pedestrian crossing

when he came near me he said he charge me for smoking too, and jokingly I asked under what law

under the basic highway code, you should have both hands on the steering except to signal or change gear and having a fag in the hand deprives you ... blah blah

and said same law can be used for mobile phone use while driving ... if the phone isn't on hands free

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Postby therat » Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:42 pm

http://www.ifaq.gov.sg/spf/apps/fcd_faq ... #FAQ_33016


What constitute handphone driving?


To ensure that only drivers who blatantly disregard the safety of other road users by using their mobile phone while driving, 3 clear conditions were stipulated. For the offence of handphone driving to stand, ALL the following 3 conditions must be fulfilled:

(a) the vehicle is in motion; and

(b) the driver is holding on to the handphone with one hand; and

(c) the driver is communicating with any person with that handphone.

[Para 2(c) includes making phone calls, paging for someone, receiving a call by pressing the keypad, reading, writing or sending of SMS.]

The purpose of setting the 3 conditions is to ensure that drivers who have no intention to commit handphone driving will not be caught by ambiguous rules. For example, a driver who simply holds a mobile phone but is not using it to communicate while driving will not have committed an offence of handphone driving. However if by doing so, the driver loses attention on the roads and fails to maintain proper control of his vehicle, he will still have committed an offence of driving without due care or reasonable consideration.

Similarly, the spirit of the law is such that the driver who uses his handphone is only a menace to other road users if his vehicle is moving. As such, drivers who use their handphone while the vehicle is stationary should not be caught by this rule.

In short, Traffic Police do not take action against motorists for handphone driving simply because there is a handphone on the passenger seat or beside the driver. Traffic Police will only take actions when our observations show that all the three conditions for the offence of handphone driving are concurrently present.



What are the penalties for handphone driving?

A first-timer convicted of handphone driving shall be liable to a fine of up to $1000/- ,or jailed for not more than 6 months, or both. The offender may also be disqualified from driving. In the event that the offender is not disqualified from driving, he will be given 12 demerit points. If convicted, a second-time or subsequent offender shall be liable to a maximum fine of $2000/-, or jailed for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both.

The offence may also be compounded with a composition amount of up to S$230/-. The offender will also be given 12 demerit points.

The offender's handphone and SIM card may be seized to facilitate investigation. These may be forfeited by the court upon conviction.

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Postby stuckmojo » Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:00 am

every single time I ride past a shunt on one of the highways it's obvious to me that the driver of the car behind was on their phone. Texting especially, or checking Facebook.

This is endemic and you only need to look at drivers to notice that.

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Postby PNGMK » Thu, 19 Jun 2014 7:43 pm

stuckmojo wrote:every single time I ride past a shunt on one of the highways it's obvious to me that the driver of the car behind was on their phone. Texting especially, or checking Facebook.

This is endemic and you only need to look at drivers to notice that.


Yes I see a lot of it from my motorbike. I really wish the TP would come down hard on it.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 19 Jun 2014 9:37 pm

If you are on a bike, helmet mounted Go-Pro with wireless is the way to go. Straight to the TP. You will have them on the phone and can also get a good shot of the registration plate. The TP will act. :cool:

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Re: Is it illegal to use mobile whilst driving here....

Postby taxico » Fri, 20 Jun 2014 5:49 pm

ecureilx wrote:years ago I was stopped by a TP back home for crawling past an empty pedestrian crossing

when he came near me he said he charge me for smoking too, and jokingly I asked under what law

under the basic highway code, you should have both hands on the steering except to signal or change gear and having a fag in the hand deprives you ... blah blah

and said same law can be used for mobile phone use while driving ... if the phone isn't on hands free


i was surprised and trawled the highway code... can't find this provision except for "both hands on handlebars" under "pedal cyclists."

(i was looking for school zone speed actually, as i couldn't remember what it was)

http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/aol/search/d ... ;whole=yes
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Re: Is it illegal to use mobile whilst driving here....

Postby ecureilx » Fri, 20 Jun 2014 6:49 pm

taxico wrote:
i was surprised and trawled the highway code... can't find this provision except for "both hands on handlebars" under "pedal cyclists."

(i was looking for school zone speed actually, as i couldn't remember what it was)

http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/aol/search/d ... ;whole=yes


I was talking about 'back home' around '93 ..

and back home we follow the 'Commonwealth' or a variation of their highway code, i.e. British ... :P

with the advent of power steering and auto gears .. nowadays in fact I get A bit worried if the driver has both hands on the 10 to 2 position ... as it mostly means the driver s fresh ... :(

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:41 pm

I drive like that except when I'm a shifting gears. I find, after racing a class D '72 Triumph Spitfire for a couple of years, that cool doesn't stand a chance against smart. :wink:

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Postby ecureilx » Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:02 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I drive like that except when I'm a shifting gears. I find, after racing a class D '72 Triumph Spitfire for a couple of years, that cool doesn't stand a chance against smart. :wink:


oh, ... ... oh ....


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Postby stuckmojo » Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:47 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:If you are on a bike, helmet mounted Go-Pro with wireless is the way to go. Straight to the TP. You will have them on the phone and can also get a good shot of the registration plate. The TP will act. :cool:


good idea. I will do that

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Postby drawde » Sat, 28 Jun 2014 6:44 am

Serious offence here with a hefty penalty


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