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Updated: 01/20/2014 23:35 | By Channel NewsAsia

MHA studying ways to enhance licensing regime

MHA studying ways to enhance licensing regime

MHA studying ways to enhance licensing regime

SINGAPORE: As part of a review of the framework for commercial light goods vehicle drivers, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is studying measures to enhance the licensing regime, including the tightening of requirements for the conversion of foreign licences to Singapore licenses.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Home Affairs Minister, said the review is in progress and MHA will provide a full update "in due course".

Mr Teo said this is his written answer to a parliamentary question by Non-Constituency MP Lina Chiam, who asked what changes are made to the framework for a stricter standard for drivers who ferry workers to work.

Mr Teo said the Traffic Police and Land Transport Authority (LTA) have put in place measures to improve the safety of passengers being ferried on light goods vehicles.

For instance, Traffic Police has stepped up the deployment of enforcement resources along roads and expressways regularly plied by drivers of lorries and pick-ups.

LTA has also implemented stricter regulatory requirements, such as higher side railings and canopies for light lorries, to improve the safety for the workers being ferried on such vehicles.

Between 2003 and 2012, there was an annual average of 4,022 fatal and injury accidents involving drivers where the Singaporean driver was at least partially at fault.

The corresponding figure for accidents involving foreign and permanent resident drivers was 596.

Data before 2003 is not available as Traffic Police only started collecting data on the nationality of resident drivers from 2003 onwards. - CNA/fa

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