Source: www.straitstimes.com, Friday 23 December 2011
In order to save two minutes of travelling time, many heavy vehicle drivers tend to use a residential road that link up the Ayer Rajah Expressway and the industrial area of Pandan Loop. However, it was reported that heavy vehicles above the unladen weight of 2,500kg were banned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Traffic Police to use this road in view of safety and noise issues raised by the neighbouring residents.
The authority has even built a speed hump across the road last December to slow down traffic.
Even though LTA sent letters to companies whose driver often travel that area and reminded them on the road’s restriction, the residents commented that such measure did not completely drive off the trucks. Many residents observed that these truck drivers tend to speak on phone, speed and smoke while driving, which reflected that they do not think of the safety of the people living in the area.
According to the news report, many drivers whom the news reporter spoke to comment that they are not aware of the prohibition. As such, they continue to use the road as they consider this a faster way for them.
Many people tend to take a shorter route when driving to save time. While it is wise to exercise such practice, we should always abide to the legislative regulation and look out for safety aspects of other road users.
Properties and lives could be lost if one is negligent in driving. The offender will also be punished under the legislative and futures will be affected.
At TIB, we work closely with many clients who own fleets of commercial vehicles. Our relationship do not end just as a client and broker. We will always share information on risk minimizing and safety driving. Please call us immediately if you want to find out more on how we can share and assist.