The latest figures released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) show that fewer people are buying the red-plate off peak cars with the population of red-plate cars dropping about 20% in the last 4 years. In December of 2010, there were a total of 50,040 red-plated cars in Singapore, making up about 8.4% of the total car population. The LTA had originally planned to have about 10% to 15% of cars being red plates but recent car prices have caused a huge drop in demand.
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I have observed that there are cars on our roads installed with what look like halogen, light-emitting diode (LED) or Xenon headlights. These bright lights are very glaring for other road users, especially when viewed from rear or side mirrors. Drivers affected by this glare can be blindsided by approaching motorcyclists from their left or right, thus making it very dangerous when changing lanes. I urge the Land Transport Authority and Traffic Police to study the dangers these lights pose. Accidents could be avoided.
Ken Lim Cheng Chuan, 55, the former transport tycoon in charge of Five Star Tours, is now just a drink server at a local coffee shop. Mr Lim declared bankruptcy last month shortly after his tour company, Five Stars, shut down. He explained that the biggest hit to his former business was the opening of the two integrated resorts in Singapore.
Dear Singaporeans, An event has been created for people who failed to get tickets to the national day parade. This event aims to raise awareness about how Singapore has changed over the past 49 years and how we should make Singapore’s 50th birthday a memorable one. We’re looking for 30 concerned Singaporeans to speak about anything related to Singapore on 9 August as national day belongs to all Singaporeans.
The number of motorists being fined for failing to give way to emergency vehicles has dropped since 5 years ago but paramedics and other emergency responders are saying that the situation is not much better than 5 years ago. In 2009, there were 19 drivers fined for failing to give way to police, ambulances and fire engines, in 2013, there wre only 9 such cases. In the first half of this year, the number is again only three cases.
An Instagram user in Ukraine has provoked global outrage after boasting about wear mascara looted from the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane. She posted a photo of the cosmetic on the app commenting: "Mascara from Amsterdam, from the field to be precise, you know what I mean." The user called Katya, nicknamed Zolotusya, is from Torez, just a few miles from where the MH17 Boeing 777 came down last Thursday.
A truck and a bus collided along Tampines Avenue 10 this morning at around 8:30am, injuring 12 people who had to be taken to hospital. 11 of the injured were sent to Changi General Hospital while one was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital. The SCDF explained that the passengers had only suffered minor injuries and were conscious when they were taken to hospital.
Singapore have won gold at the Commonwealth Games table tennis men's team final against England in replica circumstances to their 2010 victory in Delhi. Their trio of Zhan Jian, Gao Ning and Li Hu won 3-1 against England's Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall and Andrew Baggeley. Zhan, the world number 32, set Singapore up with a 3-2 win in the best of five match rubbers, as world number 134 Drinkhall's brave attempt was seen off 11-2 in the final game after the Englishman had led 2-1 in games.
In the early 70s government offices in Singapore clamped down on males sporting long hair because it spelt gangsterism. For present generation readers who don't believe this is true, the above poster from the 70s National Library Archives proves it. I remember an incident where a man with long hair was queueing up at a government department to pay his bills. He was told by an officer that he would be served last. The man was taken aback but quietly took his place.