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No mobile use while driving: LTA

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM A zero tolerance policy has been reinforced by the Land Transport Authority for drivers who use mobile phones while driving. The authority’s spokesperson, Iliesa Sokia, said they
02 Feb 2014 07:56

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM

A zero tolerance policy has been reinforced by the Land Transport Authority for drivers who use mobile phones while driving.
The authority’s spokesperson, Iliesa Sokia, said they had launched a ‘No Mobile Whilst Driving’ campaign.
“Last year, 1700 public service drivers were booked for talking on their mobile phones while driving and our aim is to reduce the number,” Mr Sokia said.
He said the ‘No Mobile Whilst Driving’ campaign was part of the LTA’s triple ‘E’ concept- Education, Encouragement and Enforcement.
“Section 51 of the LTA regulation is very specific on the statement that says no driver, while driving a motor vehicle on a public street, may use any form of two- way communication device unless the vehicle is first brought to a standstill in accordance with these regulations.
“The above also re-enforces section 45 of the regulation which relates to the control of the steering wheel. This states that a driver, while driving on a public street, must drive with both hands firmly on the steering wheel unless when changing gear or other vehicle controls.”
Mr Sokia said operations would be mounted in densely-populated areas to capture irresponsible drivers who continuously violate the mobile communication regulations while driving.
“The authority will not hesitate to fine those caught with a penalty of $100 or a maximum of $500 depending on the severity of the offence committed,” he said.




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