About 3400 cars had been caught speeding in the newly opened Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) in the last 6 days due to the installation of highly accurate digital cameras – the first of its kind here – that do not run out of films and work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365/6 days a year!

KPE Do Not Speed

There is an apparent speed limit of 70 km/h in the tunnel – something that a lot of motorists do not know. In addition, there was no warning of any speed camera present in the tunnel. Vehicles were caught to be travelling as fast as 140 km/h (If you ask me, I think he’s a goner). Of these 3,400 vehicles, 45 were caught to be travelling faster then 110 km/h.

Speeding in Singapore carries a fine of between $150 to $200 (or more?) and demerit points of 4 to 8 points. Speedsters may also be fined up to $1000 or jailed up to 3 months.

Mr Alvin Tan, a company vice-president, mentioned that he didn’t observe any signs or warnings of a speed cameras – a usual practice for the traffic police to warn vehicles to keep to the speed limit, and felt that it was a form of entrapment if it was such. However, forgetitlah from the straitstimes.com forum felt that speeding means speeding and it doesn’t matter if there were any warnings.

There were also various response to the news in the forum. cc1034 was asking if this was a quick and dirty way to cover the cost of building the tunnel, while akdw concurred with him.

Frankly, I also didn’t know of the installation of speed cameras in the KPE, but from the tone of the article, the authorities seemed to be quite proud of it. Of course, this is just a personal, subjective feeling.

Update: According to sources on the Internet and straitstimes.com, there is indeed a speed limit and speed camera sign in the tunnel as shown below.

KPE Speed limit and Speed Camera signs        KPE Speed Camera Sign

So there *is* a speed limit sign and speed camera sign. However, whether the motorists took notice of it is an entirely different story. After all, “motorists are supposed to observe the speed limits on all roads”.

NEARLY 3,400 vehicles were caught exceeding the 70kmh speed limit in the underground Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) in the first six days of its opening.

Of the lot, 45 cases exceeded 110kmh, and one vehicle – a sedan – was clocked crossing 140kmh.

Their owners will be receiving either warning letters or summonses from the Traffic Police.

The number of speedsters caught works out to a daily average of 563 – more than four times the number of speeding cases islandwide per day.

This is partly because the tunnels have highly accurate digital laser cameras – the first of their kind used here. They never run out of film like the old models used on other expressways. And they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unlike policemen carrying laser cameras.

The other reason for the inordinately large number of cases is that some motorists are still unaware of the new tunnels’ 70kmh limit.

Photographer Bryan Van Der Beek, 31, who reckoned he might have gone faster than 70kmh, said: ‘I honestly didn’t see any sign, maybe because I was looking at the tunnel itself. It was my first time driving through it.”

Alvin Tan, 40, a company vice-president, said he did not see any signs warning of the presence of speed cameras. ‘If the cameras are hidden and there are no signs, it’s entrapment,” he said.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 2nd November 2007; all pictures copyrights of straitstimes.com and their respective sources

Reader's Comments

  1. DK | November 3rd, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Huh? Current record is 140km/h only? Seriously… where are all the chiongsters?

  2. Simply Jean | November 3rd, 2007 at 12:17 am

    @DK: Heh heh… be kind on them! =P Don’t expose them!

  3. zeezzen | November 3rd, 2007 at 12:27 am

    70km/hr? I think I will fall asleep… zZzzZz..

  4. mouu | November 3rd, 2007 at 1:01 am

    hahaha..those speedsters obviously sped so fast that they couldn’t catch sight of the speed camera warning sign!

  5. Paddy Tan | November 3rd, 2007 at 1:38 am

    The speed limit is too low for 70km/hr in the KPE. The speed limit itself may be the cause of traffic jams instead.

    Just look at the CTE heading towards town .. I hate that stretch along the Australia International school where everyone slow down so much going even lower just to breeze thru the stupid speed camera installed there. Slowing down is one thing, but slowing it down so much ended up hogging the entire road.

  6. pkchukiss | November 3rd, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Too bad for Alvin Tan, I guess.. Entrapment is legal in Singapore. This type of people are the same ones who would speed whenever the police is not around – better to know who’s a double-faced speedster through this way.

  7. Nic | November 3rd, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    If I’m not wrong, the last I heard is the company who supplied this technology is the same company that installed all the digicams at our causeway customs. The cameras are able to capture your license plate when you enter the tunnel, quickly convert it to digital, and do the same when you exit. Then they calculate your average speed. Last I heard from inside sources, that’s how they were gonna do it.

  8. Simply Jean » Blog Archive » First hand account of driving into the KPE… by accident | November 13th, 2007 at 1:01 am

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