Cyclist: Make it a traffic offence not to give way to cyclists, and impose a demerit point
Posted by temasektimes on August 23, 2012
Following the recent high-profile traffic accident involving cyclist Freddy Teo who died after colliding with a lorry on the road last week, cyclists have called on the government to impose stricter penalties on drivers for not keeping a look-out for cyclists on the road.
In a letter sent to the state media today, Chong Chie Seng wrote it is dangerous for cyclists to ride on Singapore roads as they are not built with cyclists in mind:
“Motorists are not educated to share the roads with motorcyclists, let alone the more vulnerable cyclists. Some cyclists are of the view that they have the right of way on the road and expect other motorists to give way to them. Some motorists, on the other hand, treat the cyclists as their equals on the road and do not pay special attention to this vulnerable group.”
He suggests imposing a penalty on drivers who do not give way to cyclists:
“….we can change the rules of engagement to say that cyclists have a special right on the road, similar to an ambulance, and that motorists must give way to cyclists. Make it a traffic offence not to give way to cyclists, and impose a demerit point.”
Singaporeans remain divided on the issue with some calling for a special lane to be designated for cyclists while others want cyclists to get off the roads and stick to pedestrian tracks instead.