Monthly Archives: February 2010

LTA organises meeting to review traffic situation along Upper Thomson Road

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has organised a meeting later this week to review the traffic situation along a busy stretch of Upper Thomson Road which saw two fatal accidents recently.

The meeting will include the area’s MP, grassroots leaders, relevant authorities and representatives from the Church of the Holy Spirit.

It seems two fatal accidents, including the death of former national athlete Tan Eng Yoon, have not stopped pedestrians from dashing across Upper Thomson Road outside the Church of the Holy Spirit.

A pedestrian crossing and an overhead bridge are located some 200 metres in opposite directions of the church.

The church has also asked worshippers to petition for traffic lights to be installed there after the recent accidents.

Roberto Pargrez, parishioner, said: “The main problem in this area is there is a long stretch without traffic lights. So people tend to rush. They drive very fast.”

When contacted by MediaCorp, the area’s MP said a meeting of all parties concerned is scheduled for Thursday.

Hri Kumar, MP, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, said: “The reason why we want this group to come together is because you can’t localise the problem. Any particular solution you have on any part of Thomson Road may affect people living up or down the road.

“So you need to get the community involved, so that a solution that can be found that can benefit as many people as possible.”

LTA said motorists and pedestrians also have a part to play in keeping the roads safe.

More motorists convert to off-peak car scheme after changes kick in

Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Red plate cars are becoming red-hot from this year. Exactly one week after a revised scheme kicked in, 184 motorists have converted their normal cars to the off-peak car scheme.

That’s more conversions in one week than in all of 2007 or 2008.

From last Monday, motorists who opt for an off-peak car get two main incentives.

They can now drive extended hours – all day Saturday instead of just half a day previously as well as on the eves of five public holidays.

In addition, those who convert their normal cars receive S$1,100 cash rebate for every six months their cars remain off-peak vehicles.

Some car dealers said they have seen an increase in interest, with about 20 per cent more queries about buying off-peak cars, especially in the small car categories. But they added it is still too early to say how much of this interest will convert into actual sales.

Eventually, transport authorities hope to see the current percentage of off-peak cars, which stands at eight per cent, to go up to a possible 10 per cent of the total car population.

But market watchers said there is a price to be paid for the latest incentives. The new scheme is not compulsory for those who have been on the off-peak car scheme all along.

Motorists who convert from the existing off-peak scheme will receive a smaller road tax discount, down from S$800 to S$500.

That could be why among those who have been on the off-peak car scheme all along, only about 32 per cent have proceeded to convert to the new scheme, according to the latest data from the Land Transport Authority. – CNA/vm