SINGAPORE: The issue of road safety involving heavy vehicle drivers came under scrutiny recently — when a cement—mixer truck hit and killed two brothers in Tampines last week.
The Traffic Police said the number of people taking the test for heavy vehicles, or Class 4 licence last year has increased by ten per cent from the year before.
Some 6,925 people took the test in 2012 compared to the 6,456 who did so in 2011.
The demand for heavy vehicle drivers has risen — with more construction projects and the tightening of the foreign worker policy.
Some companies told Channel NewsAsia that drivers are paid extra — according to the number of trips they make.
Their work hours span between eight and 10 hours, but they usually work beyond that.
Drivers said this could sometimes compromise their safety awareness level.
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