In Singapore the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill was introduced for second reading in Parliament. The proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act (RTA) have tightened the norms for Autonomous vehicles and Private Hire Cars.
It says as the AV technology is evolving at a rapid pace, rules put in place to regulate AV trials must be highly adaptable. The proposed amendments to the RTA will give LTA the flexibility to create and amend rules to facilitate AV trials on public roads, as and when needed, while ensuring the safety of road users.
LTA will be introducing regulations for private hire car (PHC) drivers and vehicles to better protect commuters’ interests. These include requiring all private hire car drivers to obtain a vocational licence, and to display a tamper-evident decal on vehicles used to provide PHC services.
To support this, the proposed amendments to the RTA will empower LTA to introduce and enforce rules prescribing the duties and responsibilities of PHC booking service operators. These include ensuring that their drivers have the required vocational licences and that the PHCs used are adequately insured. PHC booking service operators can be fined up to $10,000 for every offence.
In addition, the proposed amendments to the Act will give LTA the power to issue general suspension orders barring all PHC drivers from driving for a PHC booking service operator that has had three or more instances of their drivers committing major offences within a rolling 12-month period. During the suspension period, it will be an offence for any driver to drive for the PHC booking service operator.
Drivers doing so will be penalised with a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three months or both for the first offence, and a fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both for subsequent offences. Their vocational licence may also be suspended or revoked.