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33,000 PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO TAKE COMPULSORY COURSE

LTA has reportedly received about 39,000 applications for the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL), of which about 33,000 have been given approval to go for the PDVL course. 500 of the approved applicants have since attended and passed the course.

LTA has also confirmed that thus far, 27,000 private-hire cars have been affixed with tamper evident decals, which must be displayed on all private-hire cars providing chauffeured services from July 1. So, the next time you take a private hire car, make sure that the decals can be seen, as required by Law. Private-hire drivers must submit their applications for the PDVL course by the end of this month (June 30) to be allowed to continue driving. They will then have a year to attend and pass the course.

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TWO RETAILERS FINED FOR SELLING ILLEGALLY MODIFIED E-BIKES

Two retailers have been fined $1,000 each by the LTA for selling illegally modified electric bicycles. LTA is taking a serious view of motorised bicycles plying the roads now, thus the heavy fine dished out to the retailers. E-bikes are allowed to be used on public roads but must meet a number of regulations, including a weight limit of 20kg and a maximum speed of 25kmh.

The retailers - Lim Geok Kay from Teck Bee Brothers Company at No. 220 Syed Alwi Road and Chia Thuang Chiew from CPP Trading at Block 731 Yishun Street 72 - were found selling e-bikes with throttles that could reach speeds higher than 35kmh without pedaling. Modifying the e-bikes with throttles are not allowed as this means the e-bike functions like a motorcycle. Motorcycle riders need to have licences, unlike cyclists. Having a throttle also means the e-bike can go faster than 25kmh without the rider having to pedal, which is a safety hazard both to the e-bike rider and other road users.

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DRIVER PARKED ILLEGALLY, YET ANGRY WHEN TOLD TO MOVE OFF

I am driving a shuttle service which needs to pick up n drop off at Tampines MRT. I saw this guy park his car and I stopped behind his car .

I continued dropping off and picking up passengers on my bus. When I am done, I sounded the horn to let the driver shift the car. The driver came out from Mr Bean stall and making a fuss. I reminded him that double yellow line is not for parking but only to pick up and drop off and he told me who am I to tell him this rules as I am only a company driver.

I hope LTA put camera along at Tampines Central 4 to prevent all this to happened.

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TUAS EXTENSION MRT LINE OPEN, BUT NOT ALL TRAINS WILL HEAD THERE

SMRT announced in a media statement that the 4 new stations on the East West Line's Tuas Extension will start operations from June 18 onward.

The four stations, namely Tuas Link, Tuas West Road, Tuas Crescent and Gul Circle, will however, only operate at an interval of four to five minutes during peak hours, and every eight to ten minutes during non-peak hours. This means that not every train that stops at Joo Koon station will continue on to Tuas.

Instead, it will be every alternate trains that will proceed on. LTA and SMRT will monitor the demand and ridership along the new extension and increase train service frequency accordingly. No explanation given as to why the authorities decided not all trains will continue on to Tuas.

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EXPECT MORE TRAIN DELAYS AS SIGNAL TESTINGS CONTINUES

LTA and SMRT are quickly putting in their excuses early, as commuters are left in the dark how much longer the signalling tests will continue, and how much longer they will have to suffer from train delays. Commuters are also puzzled as to why the trains are being tested during peak period, where any kinds of delays will affect thousands of people who just want to go home.

In a joint statement, the LTA and SMRT said that Two unrelated faults on the North-South Line on Thursday (June 1) and Friday (June 2) evening were uncovered during system-level performance checks for the new signalling system for the line. What this means is that they were both not expecting the delays to happen, which shows a lack of foresight. What they are trying to say is also to expect more of such delays, because the problems found were not easily solved.

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LTA ANNOUNCE DELAY TO BUKIT PANJANG UNDERPASS, 2 YRS AFTER SCHEDULED COMPLETION

However, the underpass, which was originally scheduled to open together with Downtown Line 2 in December 2015, have now had its opening delayed to the end of this year. An LTA spokesman said that the construction took longer than planned "due to extensive underground utilities and difficult ground conditions, such as the presence of high rock levels". The hard rocks in the path of the construction meant that some blasting had to be carried out.

This is LTA cocking up. weren't they supposed to do ground checks before works started? And by doing the checks, won't they find the hard rocks present on the ground? The rocks did not become hard overnight that it now requires blasting. Now, this delay is actually taking two years, and only now LTA is announcing this.

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DON'T TARGET US MOUNTAIN BIKERS, GO CATCH THOSE EBIKES INSTEAD

A reader is against the requirement for mountain bikes to have handlebars shorter than 700mm. He thinks having a longer handlebar will provide more stability when cycling and would rather the LTA catch those errant ebikers instead. "Shouldnt LTA be educating pedestrian as well? Most pedestrian are hogging up the entire pavement, walking in all direction, and causing misunderstanding between cyclists and pedestrian. Not all cyclist are dangerous, most of the mountain bikers that ride the local trails respect the pedestrian and care for the safety. Do not let one reckless cyclist give you the idea that the whole cycling community is dangerous!"

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