20160823 TP’s reply for 6 Aug feedback

(With reference to my feedback dated 6 August, edited to include missing word “approach”)

From: Efran KOH (SPF)
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:18 AM
To: pipakh
Subject: (SR#: SR/20160823/0089) – Activity # – 1-EP181H: RE: 20160822 TP’s current approach has failed to deter errant very heavy vehicles/tipper truck drivers

Dear Philip,

A very good morning to you. Thank you for sharing candidly on your views towards the current traffic situation relating to heavy vehicles, which is one of Traffic Police’s primary concerns. Apart from the initiatives which we have shared previously with you, Traffic Police will continue to explore and study alternative measures that are effective in enhancing the overall traffic situation. We will share your views with the relevant branches and we thank you for this opportunity to engage you on the matter. Have a great week ahead.

Efran Koh
Head Service Quality
Service Quality Branch / Traffic Police

Singapore Police Force

DID: (65) 6547 6361 | FAX: (65) 6547 4900

A Member of the Home Team – Keeping Singapore Safe and Secure

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From: pipakh [mailto:pipakh@singnet.com.sg]
Sent: Monday, 22 August, 2016 10:06 PM
To: Efran KOH (SPF)
Subject: 20160822 TP’s current approach has failed to deter errant very heavy vehicles/tipper truck drivers

Dear Efran

Thank you for your reply.

I have raised this issue since at least 2 years ago. The fact that errant lorry drivers are commonly seen on our roads daily is testament to the government’s failed approach; there is urgency to put a stop to this problem before there are more unnecessary fatalities.

After watching this video of a speeding truck almost overturning, I am sure you would agree that such drivers must be permanently taken off the road.

The TP’s approach of education, engagement and enforcement should have worked but that’s only in a perfect classroom setting.

I am certain the TP has tried to educate drivers but it should be clear by now that many drivers from third world countries cannot be educated. This is because overloading/speeding/ignoring safety rules has always been their way of life and therefore the least of their concerns back home.

Engaging construction companies has clearly not worked because companies could not have been unaware of their drivers flagrantly flouting safety rules. How many such accidents (below) do we need to witness before concrete action is taken?

Education and engagement have already proven to be ineffective. This leaves the authorities with no option but to enforce common sense safety rules.

The appalling safety standard of (mostly) foreign lorry drivers and construction companies leaves much to be desired.

I hope the TP will take the necessary punitive actions against all drivers and their companies instead of insisting on a tried but failed approach. Please do this before another unnecessary accident occurs.

Thank you.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: Efran KOH (SPF)

Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:57 AM

To: pipakh

Subject: (SR#: SR/20160810/0297) – Activity # – 1-EA8TST: FW: 20160806 Errant heavy goods vehicle drivers still undeterred by enforcement actions

Dear Philip,

I refer to your email of 6 Aug 2016 addressed to Commander Traffic Police, Senior Assistant Commissioner Sam Tee, with regards to your concern of errant heavy vehicles overloading their vehicles and/or not properly securing their loads. Thank you for engaging Traffic Police once again in this area of concern. My name is Efran, Head Service Quality for Traffic Police.

2 In the interest of road safety, it is certainly in our vested interest to look into the areas you have raised to us. Both Traffic Police and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will continue to do our part and to explore ways in delivering a clear road safety message to the stakeholders, whether through the area of education, engagement, and enforcement. We urged all motorists to continue to uphold their responsibility and do their part for safer roads.

3 Once again, I will also like to take this opportunity to share with you our Police website where you will be able to read up on more information concerning our road safety initiatives and efforts. (http://www.police.gov.sg/resources/traffic-matters ) You probably would have already come to know of our “Use Your RoadSense” movement. Through this road safety initiative, we do hope to garner the community to come together and raise their awareness on road safety while commuting on the roads. If you have a Facebook account, do ‘like’ the page and journey with us on this quest for safer roads. Once again, thank you for writing in to us. Have a great week ahead.

 

Efran Koh
Head Service Quality
Service Quality Branch / Traffic Police

Singapore Police Force

DID: (65) 6547 6361 | FAX: (65) 6547 4900

A Member of the Home Team – Keeping Singapore Safe and Secure

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From: “pipakh” <pipakh>
Date: 6 August 2016 at 2:24:41 PM SGT
To: “TP AC SAM TEE” <sam_tee>
Subject: 20160806 Errant heavy goods vehicle drivers still undeterred by enforcement actions

Attn:

AC Sam Tee

Traffic Police

Dear AC Tee

I refer to my past feedback to the Traffic Police and LTA.

While I acknowledge action has been subsequently taken, ie increased TP presence and enforcement action, this has yet to deter heavy goods vehicle drivers from posing a danger to other road users. Most of them are foreigners and they appear unable to understand TP’s message. Or perhaps they may have been instructed by their companies to flout safety rules to improve their profits?

Whatever it is, the TP cannot be unaware that these are happening on a daily basis and needs urgent attention:

Hundreds of lorries with overloaded construction material littering our first world roads but the issue is not about cleanliness: stones, construction debris, etc pose a danger to, especially, motorcyclists, including TP officers.

Cargo ‘secured’ by its own weight?

Others are improperly loaded/secured. What happens when such a vehicle is involved in an accident? Can you imagine being in a vehicle beside this lorry when its cargo topples?

I hope the TP will employ a common sense approach and not insist on educating companies which flagrantly flout safety rules. Or foreign drivers who simply cannot understand the meaning of safety.

Please refer to the above link (more images) to understand my concerns.

More sterner action must be taken immediately to eradicate such behavior. But please do this before a freak accident occurs.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Regards

Phillip Ang

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