Below is another email to PM Lee after having written to LTA and the TP for years on the third-world safety of our roads. It is only a matter of time before a preventable freak accident causes a number of fatalities.
I am not implying that the TP has not increased enforcement; in fact it is noticeable after my feedback. But I am disappointed that my feedback has not resulted in safer roads for all users.
From my observations, little has changed probably because of ad hoc enforcement after a feedback or a serious accident. In fact, foreign drivers of heavy vehicles continue to overtake others above 80 km/hr is not uncommon, most don’t secure their cargoes, etc as if traffic rules don’t exist.
The next victim could be our loved ones so I hope others will also chip in with more feedback. Email to the head of TP, AC Sam Tee to let him know what’s really happening on our roads.
Accidents are a fact of life but in this instance, they could be prevented.
From: SPF Feedback TP (SPF)
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 10:10 AM
Subject: (SR#: SR/20170123/0129) – Activity # – 1-IQ6J46: Traffic Police must put a stop to unsafe cargo transportation, increase enforcement
I refer to your email of 22 Jan 2017 addressed to our honourable Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, with regards to your call for more enforcement actions and measures against errant heavy vehicles. We sincerely thank you for your valuable feedback.
2 We will continue to share this observation of yours with our colleagues from the Patrol Unit who will be taking note of this during their day to day operation planning considerations. On behalf of Traffic Police Department, I thank you for taking this effort to write in to us.
3 At the same time, I will also like to share with you our internet website should you wish to log on to read more about our road safety efforts. (http://www.police.gov.sg/resources/traffic-matters)
4 Every Life Matters. Together, we can have safer roads. Thank you.
From: “pipakh” <pipakh>
To: “PMO Hsien Loong LEE (PMO)” <LEE_Hsien_Loong>
Cc: “Connie CHAN (PMO)” <Connie_CHAN>, “Sam TEE (SPF)” <Sam_TEE>, “Keng Keong CHEANG (SPF)” <CHEANG_Keng_Keong>, “Chan Hoe CHOY (SPF)” <CHOY_Chan_Hoe>, “Kin Keong PANG (MOT)” <Pangkinkeong>, “PETER ONG” <PETER_ONG>, “MOT (MOT)” <MOT>, “MOT Boon Wan KHAW (MOT)” <KHAW_BOON_WAN>
Subject: Traffic Police must put a stop to unsafe cargo transportation, increase enforcement
Dear PM Lee
I refer to my numerous feedback on the danger heavy vehicle drivers pose to other road users.
Although I have written to the LTA and Traffic Police since a few years ago (enclosed below a recent feedback), the relevant authorities appear to have no solution.
In less than 2 hours on the road, one could easily witness such recklessness which has been occurring on a daily basis. (photos below)
Is it really safe to allow unsecured cargoes to be transported in such a manner?
A common practice in third world countries now also common in Singapore.
I hope the above instances suffice to convince the PMO that the relevant authorities must take meaningful actions which put a stop to such reckless drivers (recklessness) once and for all.
The government should take note that there are consequences for cutting costs, ie lax enforcement has resulted in drivers becoming more emboldened and taking more risks to expedite their delivery.
Please take this feedback seriously to prevent unnecessary loss of lives.
Thank you and have a nice day.
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:19 PM
Subject: (SR#: SR/20161020/0543) – Activity # – 1-FROAJW: FW: 20161019 Additional enforcement/deterrent measures by Traffic Police needed
I refer to your email of 19 Oct 2016 addressed to Commander Traffic Police, Sam Tee, with regards to your call for more enforcement actions and measures against errant heavy vehicles. My name is Efran, Head Service Quality for Traffic Police. On behalf of Traffic Police, I will like to thank you for raising your feedback to our attention and for recognising our road safety efforts thus far. We indeed acknowledge and thank the various key stakeholders, community partners, and of course many other law abiding motorists for coming on board with us to achieve safer roads for Singapore.
2 Please be assured that Traffic Police will continue with our efforts to enhance road safety through education, engagement, and enforcement. Our Patrol Unit has been alerted on your feedback and will take them into operational considerations during their daily deployment on the roads. Once again, I thank you for engaging Traffic Police. Have a great week ahead.
Head Service Quality Service Quality Branch / Traffic Police
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From: “pipakh” <pipakh>
Date: 19 October 2016 at 8:28:07 PM SGT
To: “TP AC SAM TEE” <sam_tee>
Cc: “TP CMD” <cheang_keng_keong>, “TP CO PATROL UNIT” <CHOY_CHAN_HOE>
Subject: 20161019 Additional enforcement/deterrent measures by Traffic Police needed
AC Sam Tee
Dear AC Tee
I refer to my numerous feedback on overloaded heavy vehicles, improperly secured/unsecured cargoes, etc. link
While I appreciate the TP have stepped up enforcement measures, it appears additional enforcement/deterrent measures are needed to prevent unnecessary accidents.
It is doubtful that these heavy vehicles are carrying cargoes in a safe manner. (images below)
Please increase enforcement measures and ensure that businesses do not blatantly flout safety rules.
Thank you and have a nice day.