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Singapore has entered Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 16 May to 13 June 2021. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) we received regarding the motoring industry.
Are car showrooms open during this period?
It is business as usual for authorised dealers with stricter safe distancing measurements in place.
Occupancy limits have also been reduced from 10sqm to 16sqm of usable space per person or 50% operating capacity. Visitors are encouraged to book their test drive appointments in advance to avoid long waiting times.
Authorised dealers like Lexus and MINI are now offering doorstep test drives and sale services. They will send a representative and drive the car to your preferred location. It is more convenient and reduces your contact with others too.
Are COE biddings still going on?
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has confirmed that COE biddings are still ongoing. Click here to view the latest COE prices.
Can I carpool with my friends or colleagues?
Only a maximum of two passengers from different households can commute by taxis and legal carpooling services.
Non-commercial carpooling trips are allowed among friends or colleagues if the two people group size is adhered to. For example, you can ferry one of your colleague in the exact vehicle.
Can I send my car to an inspection centre?
Yes. All LTA-authorised inspection centres are open for periodic inspection services for all vehicle, including private car owners.
Operating hours at Bukit Batok, Sin Ming and Kaki Bukit have been extended. Motorists are advised to expect longer waiting times during peak hours from 10am to 2pm.
My car is due for servicing. Can I send it to my preferred workshop?
Yes. Brands such as Porsche Singapore and BMW Singapore are offering contactless services for their customers. They will collect your vehicle, send it for scheduled service, and then return it to you at your preferred time.
Independent workshops like Juzz For Cars will also remain vigilant and committed to serving their customers according to current safe measurements.
Can I go for driving lessons?
The driving centres are open for practical lessons and tests, and you will have to book an appointment before your visit.
Are ERP rates still the same?
Fortunately, a total of 13 half-hour timeslots will see ERP rates reduced to $0 from 27th May to 27th June 2021. This is due to the lower volume in traffic since the stringent measurements kicked in.
LTA will revert to pre-school holiday charges from Monday, 28th June 2021. Do keep your eyes peeled on our ERP article. We will keep it updated whenever pricing changes are made!
Can I still deregister/scrap my car?
All LTA-authorised scrapyards, Export Processing Zones, and other vehicle exporters are open during this period with stricter safe measurements in place.
If you are caught driving a deregistered vehicle, you will face a fine of up to S$1,000 or up to 3 months in prison or both. A mandatory disqualification from holding a driving licence for at least 12 months will also be issued.
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I am a taxi driver/food delivery rider. Where are the rest areas for me to dine in?
Taxi drivers and delivery riders are essential workers in Singapore. Here is a list of rest areas that you can dine in:
- Suntec City: Food Republic (B1, Fountain Court), and Big Appetite (#03-367, East Wing)
- AMK Hub: Food courts at B2 and L3
- Thomson Plaza: Food court at L1
- Punggol Plaza: Food court at L1
- Downtown East: L2 event square (near Starbucks)
- Jurong Point: Food courts at B1 and L3
- Braddell Heights CC
- Toa Payoh East CC
- Rivervale CC
- Woodlands CC
- Sembawang CC
- Pasir Ris Elias CC
- Pasir Ris East CC
- Geylang Serai CC
- Kaki Bukit CC
- Eunos CC
- Kampong Kembangan CC
- Kampong Ubi CC
- Tampines N4 Neighbourhood Centre, Blk 475 void deck
- Tiong Bahru CC
- The Frontier CC
We hope we covered all your doubts about the current Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measurements. If not, feel free to drop us questions on Ask Motorists or in the comments below.
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