Ask Motorist: Can I Carpool With My Colleagues? Can I Resume My Driving Lessons?

Published by on . Updated on 18 Jun 2020

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Singapore has finally exited the Circuit Breaker period on 1 June 2020, and has moved into Phase One of its reopening. Here are some common motoring questions we have received from car owners about Phase One.

Can I carpool with my colleagues? I am only giving them a lift to the nearest MRT station.

Carpooling services are still not allowed in Phase One, which means you cannot ferry your friends/colleagues to and from work. However, you can share a ride with someone that lives in the same household as you.

Source: LTA

My car is due for servicing. Can I send it to my workshop?

All workshop services will resume, which means you can now visit your workshop for repairs, servicing, and any other work that was not allowed during the Circuit Breaker.

Safe-distancing measures are still in place, though, so you can’t get too chummy with your favourite mechanic just yet!

Source: Straits Times

I’m looking to buy a new car. Are car showrooms open?

Car showrooms will remain closed, and test drives are still on hold right now. However, you can still purchase a car online and have it delivered to you.

If you are looking to buy a used car, we have the perfect platform for you as well.

Source: Straits Times

Have car wash services resumed?

Most car wash and grooming services remain suspended, although some independent vendors and petrol kiosk car wash stations have applied for an exemption to continue providing their services during this period. Please check with your vendor to see if they are open for business.

If you intend to wash your car at your HDB carpark, you can do so, provided you are wearing a mask and maintain safe social distancing.

Source: ESSO Singapore

Can I resume my driving lessons?

Unfortunately, driving centres are still closed during Phase One. All practical lessions will be refunded to your respective accounts. For Traffic Police (TP) Tests, the driving centres are still awaiting approval from the Traffic Police.

Source: ComfortDelGro Driving Centre and Bukit Batok Driving Centre

When will inspection centres open for private cars?

Authorised Inspection Centre (AICs) will resume periodic inspection services for private cars from 1 July 2020. If your car inspection deadline falls on or before 30 June 2020, your inspection deadline will be extended by six months.

Source: LTA

Can I drive to Malaysia now that the Singapore Circuit Breaker period is over?

No. Malaysia is still serving its own Movement Control Order (MCO). Under the MCO, foreigners are barred from entering the country. Although the MCO is expected to end on 9 June, Malaysian authorities have yet to decide if they should extend it.

Source: Straits Times

If you have any further motoring questions, feel free to submit them to Ask Motorist, a community driven platform for you to ask any motoring-related questions.

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