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Understanding Driving Rules in Singapore

 

For the safety of all road users, there are a number of rules in place to regulate driving behaviour in Singapore.

 

When driving, take note of traffic signs on the road.

 

It is an offence not to follow these signs:

Pay attention to and obey these signs when driving:
 

You should also familiarise yourself with road markings to avoid illegal parking offences.

 

There are 2 types of bus lanes. It is illegal for most vehicles to drive in bus lanes during the bus lane operating hours. You must also give priority to buses when nearing a Bus Priority Box.

 

Each road in Singapore has a speed limit. In School Zones and Silver Zones, the speed limit is 40kmh.

 

Check the speed limit for a particular road.

 

At some intersections, it is legal to make a left turn on red light.

 

During certain hours, traffic from Woodlands Centre Road is diverted to improve traffic flow along Woodlands Centre Road and Woodlands Checkpoint.

 

Find out more

Learn more about road safety on LTA.GOV

 

More information on penalties and demerit points from the Traffic Police

 

 

Understanding Driving Rules and Information


By following these rules and regulations, you will contribute to safer roads for yourself and other road users.  It will also help improve traffic flow on our roads. 

 

Traffic Signs


Learn about the traffic signs that help you safely navigate roads and traffic. The signs will help you in the following ways:

  • Provide directions and navigate turns and exits
  • Give crucial instructions
  • Alert road users to potential hazards
  • Show where to find attractions and facilities nearby

 

Mandatory Signs

Prohibitory and Restrictive Signs

Warning Signs

Regulatory Signs

Information Signs

Directional Signs

EMAS Signs

Other Signs


 

Road markings
 

Single white stop line.

Parallel broken white lines

Continuous yellow line

Parallel continuous yellow lines

Single white stop line.
Stop to check the traffic situation ahead before moving off.

Parallel broken white lines.
Slow down and stop to give way to traffic on major road.

Continuous yellow line.
No parking on this side of the road between 7 am and 7 pm, except on Sundays and public holidays.

Parallel continuous yellow lines.
No parking on this side of the road at all times, except for immediate pick-up and drop-off only.

Broken white line on two-way road

White zigzag line indicating a zebra crossing ahead

Single yellow zigzag sign

Double yellow zigzag lines

Broken white line on two-way road. 
Vehicles should keep to the left of this line.

White zigzag line indicating a zebra crossing ahead.
No overtaking, waiting or parking in the vicinity.

Single yellow zigzag sign.
No parking on this side of the road at all times, except for immediate pick-up and drop-off. 

Double yellow zigzag lines.
No stopping on this side of the road at all times.

Continuous white line

Parallel continuous white lines

Normal bus lane

Full-day bus lanes

Continuous white line.
Vehicles should keep to the left of this line.No parking on either side of the road at all times.

Parallel continuous white lines. 
Vehicles are not allowed to cross these lines.
No parking on either side of the road at all times.

Normal bus lane. 
No driving or parking in the bus lane from 7.30 am to 9.30 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm, except on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

Full-day bus lanes.
No driving or parking in the bus lane from 7.30 am to 11 pm, except on Sundays and public holidays.


 

Bus Lanes


Bus lanes are a crucial part of our roads, to make public transport safer and more efficient. There are two types of bus lanes:

Normal bus lane
 

Normal bus Lane

Opening hours:

Mondays to Fridays    

  
7.30 am to 9.30 am
5.00 pm to 8.00 pm

 

 

Full-day bus lane
 

Full-day Bus Lane

Opening hours:

Every day except Sundays and Public Holidays

 

7.30 am to 11.00 pm

 

Using the bus lane during operating hours is illegal for all vehicles, except for:

  • Bicycles in single file
  • Emergency service vehicles and police vehicles on urgent duty call
  • Non-scheduled buses

Non-scheduled buses, such as school buses and factory buses, can drive in the bus lane, but they cannot stop, pick up or drop off passengers along the bus lane.

When you need to make a turn, you may use the dotted bus lane.

 

Bus Priority Box


A Bus Priority Box gives buses priority to exit bus stops. White markings with the word “Bus” and a triangle indicate that there is a Bus Priority Box just ahead.

Slow down at the first Give Way Triangle and watch out for buses exiting the bus stop ahead. Stop before the Give Way lines, and give way to buses entering or waiting to enter the yellow Bus Priority Box. Do not stay in the Bus Priority Box.

Bus priority box

 

Speed limits 


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, 40km/h in School Zones, and when it is feasible to lower the speed limit, 40km/h in Silver Zones.

Always drive safely and keep within the speed limit to be a responsible driver, as well as avoid penalties and demerit points.

Emergency vehicles such as fire engines, ambulances and Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force vehicles are allowed to exceed the speed limit while on official duty.

 Check speed limits of all roads [139 KB]

School Zone

Silver Zone


Left Turn on Red


On some intersections, you are allowed to make a left turn on red light, if there is no oncoming traffic and when it is safe to do so. Otherwise, left turn on red is not allowed. 

Before making the turn, you must:  

  1. Stop at the stop line
  2. Look out for oncoming traffic and pedestrians crossing at the junction
  3. Give way to crossing pedestrians and vehicles coming from the right

Left turn on red

Right Turn Restriction from Woodlands Centre Road to Woodlands Crossing (Johor)


During the restricted hours, motorists who wish to enter Woodlands Checkpoint from Woodlands Centre Road are not allowed to turn right into Woodlands Crossing.

Motorists must proceed straight to Old Woodlands Road or turn left to Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) when the right turn restriction is in operation.

The restricted hours for the different types of vehicles are as follows:

Types of Vehicles

No Right Turn Restricted Hours

Motorcycles and heavy vehicles

At all times

SBS Transit/SMRT buses and school buses

No restriction at all times

All other vehicles

4.00 pm to 10.00 pm, Mondays to Fridays

10.00 am to 10.00 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays


Right Turn Restriction from Woodlands


Find out more about Driving Rules and Information


Learn more about road safety on lta.gov.sg