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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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GRABTAXI SHLD BENEFIT FROM SURGE PRICING TO PREVENT CHEAPSKATES

Grab is not being fair to us taxi drivers! They should put in the surge to GrabTaxi as well not be just surging GrabCar and justgrab! I find it really unfair for us as we are earning lesser because of this. Putting in surge for GrabTaxi as well will make things better for us taxi drivers as well as passengers are left with no choice but to pay for the surge when they book either a car or taxi! Of course cabbies like me on justgrab and GrabTaxi platforms will feel shortchanged! Now I urge LTA to step in now and make grab impose surge pricing on GrabTaxi too, Toa will deter people from being cheapskates! Desperate already still want to save???

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LTA CONFISCATES BICYCLES PARKED ILLEGALLY

With the rise of the number of bicycle on the roads now that three rental bike companies are aggressively pushing their business out to the public, parking spaces for bikes will now become a premium. It is no surprise then that many bicycles are parked indiscriminately, and not at the lots created for the bicycles.

While the LTA are looking into this issue, where they are trying to create more bicycle docking stations, LTA are also taking action over those that parked their bicycles illegally. In the past week alone, 50 bicycles have been forcefully taken. The owners of the bicycle have to pay an admin fee to reclaim their bikes. Among places where the bikes were taken, are areas such as the bus stops, and walkways in housing estates.

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ALL CNG VEHICLES TO BE INSPECTED FOR FIRE HAZARD, AS LTA WORRIED ABOUT DANGER

The LTA has now voiced their concerns over compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles after the fire that affected two CNG taxis over the past month. LTA now requires all CNG vehicles, and not just taxis, to undergo inspection.

LTA has stated that they require all CNG car owners to have their vehicles inspected at an authorised inspection centre by 9 June. There are currently more than 1,600 CNG private cars on the roads. The checks will include tests for gas leakages and inspection of the condition and mounting of the CNG cylinder itself and other related components.

This come after the two CNG taxis that caught fire and led to the inspection of all CNG taxis. So far, 832 taxis out of 950 CNG taxis have been inspected, with 74 of them failing the tests.

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ALL CNG TAXIS TO BE TESTED BEFORE ALLOWED OUT ON THE ROADS AGAIN

The LTA have finally reacted after two taxis, which were fitted with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders, caught fire int he past month. All taxis fitted with CNG must now undergo compulsory testing by Thursday 25 May before they are allowed on the roads again.

The two taxis that caught fire recently are both well publicised cases. The first one which caught fire and exploded on April 30, injured four people, including a firefighter. The second one happened earleir this week at Marymount Road. Investigations done by SCDF found that both CNG taxi fires occurred due to the leakage of compressed natural gas within the vehicles, which was then ignited by the lighting of cigarettes.

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BRADDELL FLYOVER TO FINALLY OPEN, TWO YEARS LATER THAN PLANNED

Finally, after almost five years of work and two very well publicised delays, the Braddell Flyover will finally be opened on the 11 June this year. Residents living in the area where the work was being done can finally have peace from the constant noise and dust from the work taking place there.

Now, residents can enjoy the noise from vehicles travelling on the new flyover, plus the dust these vehicles will generate when they travel on the flyover. Nice change, for once. LTA has hoped that the new flyover will ease congestion on the busy stretch of Braddell, where vehicles going into CTE and Upper Serangoon Road generally share the same exit points. But the project faced many difficulties, not least the original contractor going bankrupt in 2014.

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DOES LTA ALLOW PRIVATE BUSES TO PICK UP PASSENGERS LIKE PUBLIC BUSES?

What is the LTA doing lately? There are so many private buses appearing along Bras Basah, Orchard and Shenton Way area providing illegal bus services! Why no enforcement? I have seen private buses without any signage stopping at almost every stops at Shenton Way between 8.15am to 8.55am and also picking up passengers along Shenton Way and Orchard area bus stops between 5.45pm to 7pm!

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TAI SENG MRT STATION TO FINALLY GET AN UNDERGROUND LINKWAY

Finally! The Tai Seng MRT Station will finally have its own underpass linking the station to the other part of the road. The underground station, which is not built by the LTA but by private company Mapletree, is scheduled to be ready in the second half of the year.

Currently, the Tai Seng Station is the only station on that particular stretch of the Circle Line that does not have an underground link to the other side of the road. Commuters are forced to cross at a signalised junction or climb an overhead pedestrian bridge if they want to get to the other side.

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