Traffic Police to have tougher enforcement against road hogging and non-signalling

Traffic Police to have tougher enforcement against road hogging and non-signalling

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Muhammad Syaheer Noorhalim started this petition to Singapore Police Force (Traffic Police) and

Speeding is always highlighted and new ways are always publicised by the Traffic Police with regards to enforcement of speeding. They are definitely doing a good job in that area, and we appreciate that. However, rarely do we hear of road-users getting fined for road hogging but it is so rampant, you can see the roads being hogged more than speedsters going above the speed limit. You'll also see more road-users who purposely and adamantly do not signal their intentions when turning or changing lanes.

Road hogging is the act of driving/riding on the middle and right-most lanes whilst not overtaking, especially at speeds far below the posted speed limit. This action is also highlighted by the Traffic Police as "an offence to drive at unreasonably low speeds on the road, especially on the rightmost lane or along the centre of the road or expressway", "motorists should not hinder the smooth flow of traffic" and that "motorists travelling in the extreme right lanes should give way to fast-moving vehicles intending to overtake" in a written email reply to an enquiry with regards to road hogging. This act is overly rampant in Singapore to the extent that many think that it is okay to drive/ride at 70-80km/h on the right-most lane with no vehicles in front of them on expressways with 90km/h speed limit. Some even get aggressive when told to move aside. It is dangerous as it causes agitated drivers/riders who might need to be on their way to drive in an aggressive manner in order to overtake these road hogs dangerously from the left, which in turn, the road hog dangerously speeds up to block them from overtaking. It also causes unnecessary delays on the expressways and arterial roads by obstructing the smooth flow of traffic, which in turn causes time spent on the roads by road-users to be increased, increasing stress and fatigue levels, which would also cause more accidents to happen. At this moment, the Traffic Police mainly takes action for this offence on only Lorries, Buses and Light-Goods Vehicles who do not keep left, however enforcement should be broaden to all types of vehicles, too, which is in line with their advisory on a written reply with regards to an enquiry on road hogging, "

Non-signalling is the act of maneuvering a vehicle from lane to lane or road to road without using turn signals. It is has increasingly become a trend on Singapore roads that on average, 4 out of every 10 vehicles you encounter on the road does not signal their intention one way or another. This is dangerous because it confuses other motorists and catches some others offguard, causing unnecessary accidents and/or danger to other road-users when they have to take evasive actions to avoid one. Some even precariously straddle between two lanes with no signal of intent. The action of not signalling also causes inconvenience to other road-users when they are not able to judge the next move of the vehicle around them before making any decision on their own movements.

As above, we would like to request for more enforcement action to be taken by the Traffic Police against road hogging on all vehicles and non-usage of turn signals, apart from their good efforts on speeding and drink driving.

By signing this petition, you should also pledge to drive in a manner which would not obstruct the smooth flow of traffic and to diligently use your turn signals when driving/riding, for the safety and convenience of all users of the roads we share. 

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