Singapore Introduces Bus Lane LED Warning Lights in Certain Areas

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Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be installing LED warning lights in four locations in late 2015, reported The Strait Times.

The lights are being installed in problematic spots where motorists have entered bus lanes.

A pair of amber LED lights will light up during bus lane operational hours to add visual cues to warn motorists to stay out these lanes.

Initially, the LTA will test the signs in four locations later this year.

Typically the warning signs are installed at the start of the bus lane, which people might miss if they cut into the lane.

Steven Tang, a 53-year old chauffeur suggested more bus lane signs could be placed at more frequent intervals, so people would not miss the signs.

All four bus lanes are in operation on weekdays from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, and from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The lights are being installed in locations where there are higher number of bus land violations and traffic conditions, said a LTA spokesman.

These signs are being introduced despite the decline in overall number of bus lane offences in recent years.

Singapore has introduced CCTV cameras on buses to record bus lane offences since 2008, and the measure has been an effective deterrent.

The number of motorists caught last year dropped from 2,112 in 2008 to 886 in 2014. Numbers continued to improve with 228 recorded cases this year as of May, down 50% compared to the same period last year.

Motorists that wind up in bus lanes during restricted hours can be fined SG $130, if the fines are not paid the case can go to court, and the motorist can be fined SG $1,000 or jailed for three months for the first offence.

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