Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Singapore?
Seat Belt Laws
It is mandatory for the drivers and passengers in Singapore to wear a Seat Belt.
Drinking and Driving
Driving after consuming alcohol is illegal. The BAC limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. It is advisable to not drink at all when driving.
Must Have Documents
The following documents should be carried with you at all times when driving in Singapore:
- A valid driving licence
- An IDP (International driving permit)
It is also advised to carry with you:
- Proof of insurance
- Proof of ID such as a passport
- A V5C certificate
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Minimum Driving Age
Drivers in Singapore must be at least 18 years old.
Safety Camera Warning Devices
On the Spot Fines
Most parking offenses will result in a fine, in addition you can also be fined for:
- Driving in a bus lane
- Failing to give a signal
- Not displaying a valid licence
- Faulty lights
Child Safety Rules
Child seats are mandatory in Singapore and must be used by anyone under 1.35m in height.
In Singapore it is against the law to drive without a valid insurance policy. The minimum requirement is for third party cover.
Rules of the Road
- Drivers drive on the left hand side of the road in Singapore, and its neighbouring Malaysia. This is due to its British colonial history.
- In Singapore, it is illegal to turn left or right during a red light. (In some places there will be a ‘Turn Left on Red sign’, indicting it is ok to turn left.
- The right lane is the fast lane
- Overtake on the right hand side of the road.
- Headlights must be on between the hours of 7pm and 7am.
There are portable speed laser cameras at numerous speeding hot spots throughout Singapore. There are also fixed speed cameras. Fines will be given if the speed limit is broken.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
Using a phone whilst driving in Singapore is illegal.
There are several major car parks throughout Singapore. Parking in the multi storey car parks can be expensive. There are some free car parks, but be sure to check the signs before leaving your car.
Motor Way Signs
Road signs are similar to those in the UK. Warning signs are depicted in red triangles with regulation signs being in blue circles.
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Traffic lights largely follow the same riles as in the UK. It is against the law to turn left or right at a red light unless it is specifically signed for you to do so. Traffic light violation cameras occur in Singapore, especially at the major junctions.
In Singapore there is an Electronic Road Pricing System (ERP). This is an electronic toll scheme used to manage congestion on the roads. The ERP is often automatically included with hire cars, but do check with your provider.
What to do in an emergency
If you are involved in an accident on the roads in Singapore, the following numbers may be of use:
Traffic Police 6547 1818
Fuel is readily available and there are a significant number of petrol stations operating under their own, independent brand.