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Postby missis » Thu, 05 Aug 2010 5:46 pm

No further word from OP?

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Postby ian 66 » Fri, 06 Aug 2010 6:53 am

The point about child seats in cars is an interesting one.

We were out in Singapore last summer. We stayed with my brother-in-law who has a car. I felt very uncomfortable taking the children in the car and taxis without the child seats. I guess it is just what you are used to.

Since Singapore has strict laws on many things it is surprising to me that the use of child seats is not enforced. Could it be that there are significantly fewer major road accidents in Singapore (relative to population size) compared to say the UK for example???

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 06 Aug 2010 7:08 am

That and the severity of the accidents here are much more minor (with exceptions).

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Re: car - what can I expect for S$2000

Postby FlyingScotsman » Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:40 am

We have three young kids therefore looking for something that can take 2 adults and 3 kids seats. [/quote]

Since kids seats were mentioned by the op I am assuming he is used to having them (yes, it is what you are used to) and he would like his kids to be as safe as they are at home rather than 'ok in a not-so-bad-accident rattling about in a taxi' in Singapore.

As for me, well, I would like a child safe taxi company to spring up in Singapore, since we can't all afford the luxury of a car of our own. Anybody want too take that on?
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Postby curiousgeorge » Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:50 am

ian 66 wrote:The point about child seats in cars is an interesting one.

We were out in Singapore last summer. We stayed with my brother-in-law who has a car. I felt very uncomfortable taking the children in the car and taxis without the child seats. I guess it is just what you are used to.

Since Singapore has strict laws on many things it is surprising to me that the use of child seats is not enforced. Could it be that there are significantly fewer major road accidents in Singapore (relative to population size) compared to say the UK for example???


Interestingly, Levitt and Dubner in their book SuperFreakonomics come to the conclusion, after testing, that for children over 2 years, child seats offer no more safety than traditional seat belts.

Even more interesting, stickers on the inside of taxis remind you that it is the law to wear a seat belt. Yet the same sticker shows occupancy of the backseat can be up to four children...I ain't never seen a Sonata or Crown with four seat belts on the back seat.

Why have a seat belt law, and then allow workers to ride in the back of trucks? Nobody said Singapore law is consistent :)

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Postby curiousgeorge » Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:57 am

Found the Levitt and Dubner article on the NYT site from 2005:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/10/magaz ... .html?_r=1

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 06 Aug 2010 12:30 pm

ian 66 wrote:The point about child seats in cars is an interesting one.

We were out in Singapore last summer. We stayed with my brother-in-law who has a car. I felt very uncomfortable taking the children in the car and taxis without the child seats. I guess it is just what you are used to.

Since Singapore has strict laws on many things it is surprising to me that the use of child seats is not enforced. Could it be that there are significantly fewer major road accidents in Singapore (relative to population size) compared to say the UK for example???


Sometimes I have to cringe when I read things like this. You already knew about the fact that child seats are a relative rarity here and yet you would deliberately take up a foreign Expat Posting to a country that doesn't have your same mindset. Singapore is strict but it is also pragmatic. :???:

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 06 Aug 2010 1:40 pm

curiousgeorge wrote:Even more interesting, stickers on the inside of taxis remind you that it is the law to wear a seat belt. Yet the same sticker shows occupancy of the backseat can be up to four children...I ain't never seen a Sonata or Crown with four seat belts on the back seat.

The mid seat belt is just a waist belt so I guess two children may fit under it.

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Postby watching_a_sunset » Sat, 07 Aug 2010 9:01 am

well unless you wouldnt mind buyin a 91' civic esi... which cost around 3 - 9 grand.. go to www.sgcarmart.com =]]... hope this helps :)

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 09 Aug 2010 10:30 am

watching_a_sunset wrote:well unless you wouldnt mind buyin a 91' civic esi... which cost around 3 - 9 grand.. go to www.sgcarmart.com =]]... hope this helps :)


I bought an excellent 92 Civic for $3,000. Trouble is that COE has to be renewed in September of next year. I can already see it is going to happen. Wife has seriously adjusted to having a car.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 09 Aug 2010 11:58 am

Strong Eagle wrote:
watching_a_sunset wrote:well unless you wouldnt mind buyin a 91' civic esi... which cost around 3 - 9 grand.. go to www.sgcarmart.com =]]... hope this helps :)


I bought an excellent 92 Civic for $3,000. Trouble is that COE has to be renewed in September of next year. I can already see it is going to happen. Wife has seriously adjusted to having a car.

You will buy another "COE vehicle" :)

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 09 Aug 2010 1:54 pm

x9200 wrote:
Strong Eagle wrote:
watching_a_sunset wrote:well unless you wouldnt mind buyin a 91' civic esi... which cost around 3 - 9 grand.. go to www.sgcarmart.com =]]... hope this helps :)


I bought an excellent 92 Civic for $3,000. Trouble is that COE has to be renewed in September of next year. I can already see it is going to happen. Wife has seriously adjusted to having a car.

You will buy another "COE vehicle" :)


Since COE is refundable on a straight line basis, I'll probably renew and runn the wheels off it.

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Postby watching_a_sunset » Mon, 09 Aug 2010 7:37 pm

ahahah oh well ... at least its better off not havin a car =]

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 10 Aug 2010 8:24 am

Strong Eagle wrote:Since COE is refundable on a straight line basis, I'll probably renew and runn the wheels off it.

So if I understand this correctly you can terminate it at any time and get back your COE on prorated basis? Hmmm, pretty interesting option. Lots of COE cars looking really good. I guess a good car mechanic is a must before buying anything of this type.


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