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The speed limit indicates the maximum speed that motor vehicles are allowed to travel on the road. Unless otherwise stated, the speed limit of all roads in Singapore is 50km/h except for some School Zones and Silver Zones.
There is a need to balance the safety of all road users and the efficiency of the road network. The factors to consider are mainly:
In addition, accident statistics and public feedback are also taken into account when reviewing speed limits.
The speed limit shall not apply to any:
“school zone” means any part of a road that is —
(a) adjacent to or in the immediate vicinity of a school; and
(b) between a traffic sign indicating the beginning of a school zone and a traffic sign indicating the end of a school zone;
The speed of all motor vehicles travelling along any road in a school zone shall not exceed the speed of 40 kilometres per hour —
(a) on any day —
(i) between 6.30 a.m. and 7.45 a.m. (both times inclusive);
(ii) between 12 noon and 2.30 p.m. (both times inclusive); and
(iii) between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (both times inclusive); or
(b) when a school event is carried out,
indicated by the flashing lights attached to the “40km/h When Lights Flash” sign. When the attached lights are not flashing, the prevalent speed limit of the road shall be maintained.
“silver zone” means any part of the road that is between a traffic sign indicating the beginning of a silver zone and a traffic sign indicating the end of a silver zone.
The speed of all motor vehicles travelling along any road in a silver zone shall not exceed the speed of 40 kilometres per hour if a 40 kilometres per hour speed limit sign is attached together with the Silver Zone traffic sign. Otherwise, prevalent speed limit of the road shall be maintained.
While the speed limit signs serve to guide us on our driving speeds on the road, motorists should continue to exercise their judgment and adjust their speeds accordingly where necessary, to ensure their safety and that of other road users. We should not exceed the speed limit of our vehicle or the road, whichever is the lower.
Speeding remains one of the main causes of accidents. Driving or riding beyond the stipulated speed limits increases the likelihood of serious injuries in the event of an accident. Life is precious. Use the roads responsibly. Together, we can make our roads safer.
Legislation is reproduced on this website with the permission of the Government of Singapore. Acts of Parliament are available without charge, and updated monthly, at the Singapore Statutes Online website.
Last Updated: 6 January 2017
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