Self Drive

Driving in Singapore is a breeze. Navigating around the island is easy as there are well-marked road signs which are all in English. Click on the links below for more information.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Driving Licence
    A valid driving licence from your country of residence or a valid International Driving License is required for driving in Singapore. Conversion of foreign driving licenses to Singapore driving licenses can be done at the Traffic Police Department, 10 Ubi Avenue 3, Singapore 408865. Tel: 6547 0000.

  • Parking
    There are three ways of parking in Singapore - coupon parking, paid parking and season parking.

  • Coupon Parking
    Where required, parking coupons should be displayed on the dashboard. Denominations of parking coupons are SGD 0.50, 1, 2 and 2 (for overnight parking). Generally, parking coupon rates are:
    - SGD 0.50 per ฝ hr outside the Central Business District
    - SGD 1 per ฝ hr within the Central Business District
    Look for signboards which indicate parking rates and free parking times as they vary between car parks. Parking coupons are available from petrol stations, post offices, shopping centres and selected newsagents and shops that carry the parking coupon sign.

  • Paid Parking
    Paid parking is practised in almost all shopping centres, buildings and some public car parks. You basically pay for the time your vehicle is parked. Some shopping centres offer a rebate on your parking charges.

  • Season Parking
    Season parking is usually applicable to tenants and residents at their office and residential car parks respectively. Avoid parking in season parking lots (usually with red markings) and along roads with double yellow lines.

  • Speed Limit
    Residential areas: 50km/h
    Expressways: 70 to 90km/h

  • Speed Cameras
    Speed detection cameras are installed on expressways and major roads.

  • Bus Lanes
    Bus lanes or left lanes with unbroken yellow lines should only be used by buses during these hours: Mon to Fri (7.30am to 9.30am, 4.30pm to 7pm), Sat (7.30am to 9.30am, 11.30am to 2pm).

  • Electronic Road Pricing Scheme (ERP)
    To even out traffic flow into the Central Business District (CBD), all vehicles entering during the restricted hours of 7.30am to 7pm are required to pay a toll.

    To relieve congestion between 7.30am and 9.30am along the expressways and busy roads, all vehicles passing through ERP gantries are required to pay a toll. An In-Vehicle Unit (IU) is installed in the vehicle and a CashCard (stored value card) is used to pay for tolls. The IU automatically deducts the toll from the CashCard each time the vehicle passes through ERP gantries.

Locations of gantries along the East Coast Parkway (ECP) expressway are:

  • Between Fort Road junction and Rochor Road exit

  • Entry to ECP from Ophir Road towards Jurong

Locations of gantries along the Central Expressway (CTE) towards the city are:

  • On the CTE southbound between Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 and Braddell Road

  • On the CTE after Braddell Road

  • Entry to CTE from Serangoon Road

  • Entry to CTE from Balestier Road

Location of gantry along the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) towards the city is:

  • On the AYE eastbound after Portsdown Road

Location of gantries along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) are:

  • On the PIE towards Jurong after Kallang Bahru exit

  • On the eastbound PIE after Adam Road

  • Entry to eastbound PIE from Mount Pleasant slip road

Locations of gantries at other busy roads are:

  • At Thomson Road southbound after Toa Payoh Rise

  • At Kallang Road westbound after Kallang River

  • At Bendemeer Road southbound after Woodsville interchange

    ERP is not in operation on Saturdays, Sundays and major public holidays: New Year; Lunar New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas.
     

  • In-Vehicle Units (IU)
    Foreign-registered cars can be fitted with a Permanent IU (installation cost SGD150) or a Temporary IU (TIU) for the ERP scheme. TIU rentals cost SGD5 a day (two days min) with a SGD120 refundable deposit, from which the daily rental will be deducted. Each TIU is valid for two weeks, although extensions may be made at TIU sales outlets. Two outlets are near the Woodlands Checkpoint and one more is at the Tuas Checkpoint.

  • IU Centres Closest to Woodlands Causeway
    Audio Ace Electronics: 268 Woodlands Centre Road, #01-08 Woodlands Point, Tel:6368 3357. Open daily 10am-9.30pm.
    Goh Lian Hup: Mobil Station, 1091 Woodlands Road (opposite Kranji MRT station), Tel:6269 6442. Open 24 hours.

  • IU Centre Closest to Tuas Second Link
    Jurong Inspection Centre: 53 Pioneer Road, Tel:6863 9639. Open daily from 8am-5.30pm except Sun and public holidays.

  • IU Centres in Other Parts of Singapore
    Express Motor Enterprise: 920 Upper Thomson Road, Tel:6453 4522. Open daily 7am-7pm.
    Five Luck Enterprise: 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-226, Tel:6278 1133. Open daily from 9am-5.30pm except Sun and public holidays.
    Hai Wee Enterprise: 271 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4, #01-140, Tel:6566 5983. Open daily from 9.30am-6pm except Sun and public holidays.
    Invo Tech Engineering Pte Ltd: 157 Amtech Building #01-04, Sin Ming Road, Tel:6863 9386. Open Mon to Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-12noon.
    Vision Car Air-Con Accessories: 106 Rangoon Road, Tel:6292 5813. Open daily 9am-6pm, except Sun and public holidays.
    Wing Yap Motor: 615 Balestier Road, Tel:6253 8398. Open Mon to Fri 8.30am-8pm, Sat 8.30am-5pm.

  • CashCards
    CashCards are available at 7-Eleven convenience stores, CashCard Auto Machines, selected banks and most petrol stations.

  • ERP Tolls for cars
    For the most updated Tolls for cars, click
    here

  • ERP Fines
    If you drive through an ERP gantry without a TIU, the fine is SGD 70 per offence. In instances where you drive through a gantry without an Autopass, or have inserted the card incorrectly, or have insufficient funds, the fine is SGD 10 plus whatever ERP fee incurred at the time of offence.

Important Phone Numbers

Traffic Watch

Tel: 1800 222 2233

Traffic Police

Tel: 6547 0000

Automobile Association Of Singapore (AAS)

Tel: 6737 2444

AAS 24-hour Emergency Road Service

Tel: 6748 9911

NETS (CashCard)

Tel: 6274 1322

Land Transport Authority (LTA)

Tel: 1800 225 5582

Parking Offences

Tel: 1800 354 6511 (HDB) / 1800 329 3434 (URA)

Woodlands Causeway

Tel: 6767 5963

Tuas Second Link

Tel: 6865 4614

Changi Ferry Terminal

Tel: 6545 0828



DRIVING IN FROM MALAYSIA

Here are some requirements for foreign-registered cars entering Singapore:

(A) Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) and Toll Charges

Foreign motorists are required to pay tolls and a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) charge at the checkpoints when they drive into Singapore. Payments have to be made using the electronic smartcard, called the
Autopass Card.

The Autopass cards are sold at the primary clearance/immigration booths or VEP/Tolls office at the Singapore checkpoints. Motorists are required to produce valid road tax discs and insurance certificates for their cars when buying the Autopass Cards. VEP fees are charged at SGD30 per day on Monday to Friday (from 2am to 7pm). There is no charge for VEP on Saturdays, Sundays and all Singapore Public Holidays. Toll charges are calculated on a per trip basis. Motorists have to pay toll charges on arrival and departure from Tuas Checkpoint (SGD3.20 per trip) but only on departure at the Woodlands Checkpoint (SGD1.20 per trip).

(B) Electronic Road Pricing (ERP)
All motorists driving into the city or travelling on certain major roads and expressways are required to pay an Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fee during the ERP operating hours. ERP is a scheme to help keep Singapore roads congestion free. For foreign motorists intending to pass through ERP-priced roads during its operational hours, they can either choose to install or rent an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) to pay ERP fees. For those who do not wish to rent or install an IU, they can choose to pay a fixed ERP fee of S$10 per day, regardless of the number of times they pass through an ERP gantry in the day. This will be paid together with their VEP and toll charges via the Autopass card when they depart from Singapore. This fixed fee scheme starts from 1 Sepember 2003 onwards and is only applicable for those who do not have an IU installed in their foreign-registered cars.




DRIVING BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA
Driving Between Singapore And Malaysia
There are tolls for the bridges (Causeway and Second Link) that connect Singapore and Malaysia which have to be paid in both countries.

In Singapore:

Causeway (Woodlands) - Car drivers pay SGD 1 when departing from Singapore. Motorcyclists are not charged. Second Link (Tuas) - Car drivers pay SGD 2.50 and motorcyclist pay SGD 0.50 when departing from and arriving in Singapore.

In Malaysia:

Causeway (Woodlands) - Car drivers pay RM 2.10 when arriving in Malaysia. Motorcyclists are not charged. Second Link (Tuas) - Car drivers pay RM 6.60 and motorcyclists pay RM 1 when departing from and arriving in Malaysia. Toll payments in Singapore are by the Autopass Card. Payment for tolls in Malaysia is by cash.



FAQ ON DRIVING IN SINGAPORE
Foreign motorists without an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) in their cars
Foreign motorists with an IU in their cars
Autopass Card
Electronic Road Pricing (ERP)



(A) Foreign motorists without an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) in their cars.
 
1.

Can I drive a foreign-registered car without an IU on ERP-priced roads?

A:

Yes, you can drive on any ERP-priced roads during ERP operational hours without installing an IU in your car. You will be charged an ERP fee of S$10 for each day you drive on ERP-priced roads. This fee is payable with your Autopass card when you depart from the checkpoint. Just remember to have your Autopass card topped up (at 7-Eleven stores, selected petrol stations, top-up booths near the checkpoints and local bank ATMs) with sufficient cash balance to pay for ERP fees, VEP fees and toll charges before you proceed to the checkpoint.

Please note that there is no Autopass card top-up facility within the checkpoint premises.

2.

How do I pay the ERP fees incurred?

A:

The ERP system would detect foreign-registered cars without IU driving past any ERP gantry during ERP operational hours. On your departure at Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoint, the appropriate ERP fees (at a daily rate of S$10) would be deducted from your Autopass card.

3.

Can I pay for the fixed ERP charge on the same day I depart from Singapore?

A:

Yes. The fee would be automatically deducted from your Autopass card when you insert your card into the card reader mounted at the immigration booth (departure zone).

4.

Can I choose not to be on the fixed ERP rate scheme?

A:

If you do not wish to be on the fixed ERP rate scheme, you will need to either rent an IU or install an IU permanently on your car. The cost of renting an IU is S$5 per day, subject to a minimum of S$10. You will also need to pay a refundable deposit of $121.15 (inclusive of GST). Alternatively, you can choose to install an IU permanently in your car at a cost of S$151.45 (inclusive of GST).

5.

Are there any other uses for the IU other than for paying ERP fees?

A:

There are some car parks in Singapore that provides an option for motorists to pay their car park fees with a Cashcard/Autopass Card inserted in their IU. However, if you do not have an IU installed in your car, you can still use these car parks. You can either pay your car park fees using cash or with your Cashcard/Autopass Card. There is also a "Help" button at the car park entrance if you need any assistance.

Listed are some carparks that requires the Cashcard/Autopass card inserted in the IU includes:

  • The Esplanade
  • Plaza Singapura
  • The Heeren
  • Funan IT Mall
  • World Trade Centre
  • Junction 8 Shopping Centre
  • Raffles City
  • Bugis Junction
  • Mandarin Hotel

(B) Foreign motorists with an IU in their cars

1.

I already have an IU installed in my car. Can I still choose to be under the fixed ERP fees scheme?

A:

Yes. However, you must first have the IU removed or de-commissioned. This must be done at any IU inspection centre in Singapore. Once the IU is de-commissioned, you will automatically come under fixed ERP fees scheme. The IU inspection centres charge a service fee of S$11 to remove an IU.

2.

Can I dismantle my IU at any other workshop?

A:

No. Removal of IUs can only be made at authorised IU centres listed in the ERP brochure or as listed on the LTA website at www.lta.gov.sg or www.onemotoring.com.sg.

3.

Can I choose not to remove my IU but still be on the fixed ERP rate scheme?

A:

No. If you do not remove your IU, the system would record a violation when there is no CashCardin the IU. You will then need to pay an administrative charge of $10 and the corresponding ERP fees.

(C) Autopass Card

1.

What is the Autopass Card?

A:

It is a stored-value smart card for paying the VEP fees, toll charges and the ERP fees (if incurred). As your vehicle information is encoded in the card, it is non-transferable from vehicle to vehicle. It can also act as a CashCard for all CashCard transactions such as paying carparks that uses the CashCard system.

2.

Where can I get the Autopass Card?

A:

The Autopass cards are sold at the primary clearance/immigration booths or VEP/Tolls office at the Singapore checkpoints. Motorists are required to produce valid road tax discs and insurance certificates for their cars when buying the Autopass Cards.

3.

How much is an Autopass Card?

A:

S$10, made up of S$6 non-refundable card cost & S$4 value.

4.

How long is the Autopass Card valid?

A:

5 years. To check when your Autopass card expire:

  • log on to www.nets.com.sg, click 'Check CashCard Expiry Online' icon or

  • send an SMS to 66888 stating 'Expiry' <your16-digit unique Autopass card number found on the reverse side of the cards>

5.

Where can I top-up the Autopass Card?

A:

In Singapore at:

  • 7-Eleven convenience stores (operates 24 hours daily)

  • Automated Teller Machines (ATM) of banks in Singapore (OCBC, UOB, POSB, and DBS)

  • Most petrol stations

  • Autopass Card Top-up booths
    - Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Town Garden)
    - Turf Club Avenue
    - Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim

  • Convenience stores and outlets that carry the "Autopass Card Top-Up" sign

A service charge may be payable for each top-up

6.

Is there any way I can keep track of the charges I'm paying? E.g. receipt?

A:

A breakdown of fees deducted from Autopass card would be shown at the card reader display at immigration booth. If you require a receipt, you can obtain one at the VEP/Toll office of Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoint.

7.

What is the penalty if I do not have enough stored value in my Autopass card at the checkpoint?

A:

A S$10 admin fee is payable on top paying the VEP fees, toll charges and ERP fees (for foreign registered cars) incurred in Singapore currency.

(D) Electronic Road Pricing (ERP)

1.

Can I drive on ERP-priced roads ?

A:

Yes. You can choose to pay the ERP fee on a per pass basis. This will require you to first rent or install an IU in your vehicle. You will then need to insert a Cashcard or your Autopass Card into the IU when you drive past an ERP gantry. Alternatively, if you do not want to install an IU, the fixed ERP fees scheme will apply. All foreign motorists can drive on ERP roads in Singapore without the need to rent or install an IU for their cars. The ERP fee is chargeable at a flat rate of S$10 for each day a foreign-registered car is used on ERP roads during ERP-operation hours.

2.

What is the ERP operating hours?

A:

Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays). It usually operates from:
7:30am to 7pm for the Central Business District area. During eve of New Year, Chinese Lunar New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas, it operates to 1pm.
7:30am to 9:30am for the other ERP-pricing roads
ERP is not in operation on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. For specific times, please refer to this
link

3.

Where can I get a CashCard?

A:

- At an branch of DBS, POSB, OCBC, and UOB
- Selected petrol stations
- 7-Eleven outlets
If you have an Autopass Card, it can also act as a CashCard.

4.

Where do I top-up the CashCard?

A:

- At any ATM displyaing the CashCard logo
- Selected pertrol stations
- AXS Stations
- 7-Eleven outlets (for a service fee of $0.50 per top-up)

5.

Where are the ERP gantries located?

A:

Locations of gantries are:
- East Coast Parkway (ECP)
- Central Expressway (CTE)
- Pan Island Expressway (PIE)
- Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
- Central Business District (CBD)
- Outer Ring Road area (ORR)
- Dunearn Road (DR)

6.

What is the In-vehicle Unit (IU)?

A:

For foreign-registered vehicles intending to travel into ERP roads, expressways or area during ERP operational hours, vehicles will need to be fitted with either a Permanent IU (installation cost SGD150) or a Temporary IU (TIU). For foreign-registered cars that do wish to fit or rent an IU, motorists can opt for a fix ERP fee of S$10 per day, regardless of the number of times they pass through an ERP gantry in the day.

7.

How much is an IU rental

A:

TIU rentals cost SGD5 a day (minimum 2 days' rental) with a SGD120 refundable deposit, from which the daily rental will be deducted. Each TIU is valid for two weeks, although extensions may be made at TIU sales outlets.

8.

Where can I install a temporary IU?

A:

Click here to see a list of places.

9.

Where can I install or remove an permanent IU?

A:

For IU Service Centres, please refer to:http://www.onemotoring.com.sg/updates/

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