SINGAPORE – Fewer drivers were caught leaving the engines of their vehicles stopped or parked at idle after the National Environment Agency (NEA) increased penalties for the violation in 2016.
But the number of infractions last year was even higher than a decade ago, Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor told parliament on Wednesday (February 26th).
There were 2,800 cases of idling engine violations last year, up from 3,200 in 2018 and 6,400 in 2016, said Dr Khor in response to a question from Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar (Ang Mo Kio GRC ).
The number of repeat offenders also fell from 19 cases in 2016 to just one last year.
But these figures remain higher than the 2,000 offenses in 2009.
“We urge drivers to do their part to protect the health of others and reduce emissions by not letting their engines idle when stopped,” said Dr Khor.
Since 2016, motorists caught idling for a second or more time have been fined $ 100, up from $ 70 previously. If the sum is not paid, the stray motorist will be liable to a judicial fine of up to $ 5,000.
Besides increasing penalties and strengthening enforcement, Dr Khor said the NEA is also distributing educational brochures and putting up signs to remind motorists not to leave their engines running. Regulations and penalties have also been added to the highway code since the end of 2016.
“We will continue to look for ways to increase the effectiveness of education and public awareness efforts,” she added.