Some Rules & Regulations

  • Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign licence in English is required. In the case of ASEAN nationals, you must possess a valid driving licence issued by the proper authority in your country, before you are allowed to drive in Singapore.
  • Drive on the left side in Singapore (Right hand drive)
  • Seat belts are compulsory for all occupants, front and rear
  • Children under eight years of age must be strapped in a child safety seat, whether they are in the front or rear seat. Both the driver and the passenger can be fined for non compliance
  • Headlights must be turned on between 19:00 and 07:00
  • Mobile cellular phones must not be used while driving
  • Speed Limit - Residential areas: 50km/h, Expressways: 70 to 90km/h
  • Speed Cameras - Speed detection cameras are installed on expressways and major roads.
  • Full-Day Bus Lanes or left lanes with unbroken yellow and red lines should only be used by buses during these hours: Mon to Sat (0730 hrs to 2000hrs)
  • Normal Bus Lanes or left lanes with unbroken yellow lines should only be used by buses during these hours:Mon to Fri (0730 hrs to 0930 hrs & 1630 hrs to 1900 hrs)

Electronic Road Pricing (ERP)

Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) is simply an electronic system of road pricing. It is designed to automate our current road pricing system - no more paper coupons or enforcement officers at the gantries. The main difference is the pay-when-you-use principle. This is a fair system as the motorist is charged only if he passes the ERP gantry.

more about ERP

Parking

There are three modes of parking in Singapore:

  • Coupon parking
  • Paid parking
  • Season parking

Parking Options

Driving License - Legal Requirement

To drive a vehicle in Singapore, you must possess a valid Singapore driving license for the class of vehicle that you want to drive. This requirement applies to all citizens and permanent residents of Singapore and also foreigners who are residing in Singapore for more than twelve (12) months. Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign licence in English is required. In the case of ASEAN nationals, you must possess a valid driving licence issued by the proper authority in your country, before you are allowed to drive in Singapore.

If you plan to stay for more than twelve (12) months you must convert your driving license to a Singapore driving license.

Conversion of your foreign driving license

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