devices for heavy vehicles on trial until
SINGAPORE: Three types of speed-tracking devices for heavy
vehicles are currently on trial until August, the Traffic Police
(TP) announced on Tuesday (May 22) at the sixth edition of the
Singapore Road Safety Month.
The event, which was focused on educating heavy vehicle drivers and
motorcyclists, was kicked off by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for
Home Affairs and Health Amrin Amin at Republic Polytechnic.
Speed limiters are currently mandated for certain heavy vehicles
to curb speeding, but can be easily tampered with, TP said. The
current trial aims to find a technology to complement or replace
the speed limiters in heavy vehicles to effectively curb
The three speed-tracking devices being trialed are the Digital
Tachograph, the Enhanced Speed Limiter and the Fleet Management
System. The devices are equipped with an audio buzzer, which will
be activated when the heavy vehicle driver exceeds the speed limit.
The devices are being tested on 30 vehicles.
The Digital Tachograph will be able to automatically track and
record the vehicle’s travelling speeds throughout the journey.
Information recorded can be used for enforcement efforts for
The Enhanced Speed Limiter and the Fleet Management System will
employ GPS to calculate the travelling speed of the vehicle to
prevent tampering of the speed limiter. It can also track the
travelling speed of the vehicle throughout the journey.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, chairman of the Singapore Road Safety
Council Bernard Tay said he hopes better driving behaviour will
come out of the initiative: “Hopefully this will reduce accidents
and be safer for all road users."
He added the focus this year is on commercial vehicle drivers,
because they spend a lot of time on the road. “Heavy vehicles are
bulky, there are a lot of blind spots and whenever there are
accidents it can be fatal for victims. Motorcyclists can also be
more vulnerable as they are not well protected."
The Traffic Police has partnered vehicle tracking firm Cartrack
Technologies South East Asia for the trial, with three companies -
Goldbell Group, Ley Choon Group and Koh Kock Leong Enterprise - on
The Traffic Police will study the accuracy and compatibility of
these devices and with the heavy vehicles as well as their ability
to resist tampering, after which it will consider implementation on
In his speech, Mr Amrin said the launch of the speed-tracking
devices installed on heavy vehicles “will enable companies to
monitor the speed records of their drivers and take timely remedial
action against those who speed".
He noted commercial heavy vehicle drivers spend much of their time
on the road and are more likely to be involved in accidents.
“Although the number of accidents involving heavy vehicles
decreased by 13 per cent from 2016 to 2017, such accidents are more
likely to result in fatalities. In 2017, three in 10 fatal
accidents involved a heavy vehicle," he said.
Motorcyclists are also not spared, Mr Amrin said: “While the number
of fatal accidents involving motorcyclists decreased by 30 per cent
in the same year, accidents involving motorcyclists made up more
than half of all traffic accidents. Four in 10 fatal accidents
involved a motorcycle.”
At the event, the Traffic Police also unveiled two new educational
videos to remind motorists to observe safe driving practices and
stay vigilant on the road.