Driving in Singapore requires a thorough understanding of the local rules and regulations to ensure safety and compliance. Whether you're a long-time resident or have just moved here, this guide by Drive lah will help you navigate Singapore's roads with confidence so let's begin!

Key Rules and Regulations

Driving Side and Lane Usage

Drive on the Left: In Singapore, vehicles must drive on the left side of the road. The right lane is designated for overtaking.

Seat Belts and Child Restraints

Mandatory Seat Belts: All passengers must wear seat belts.

Child Restraints: Children under 1.35m must use appropriate restraints, child seat is a must.

Drinking and Driving

BAC Limit: The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit is 80 mg/100 ml of blood. It is strongly advised not to drink and drive.

Headlights Usage

Headlights: Must be turned on between 7 pm and 7 am.

Regulatory Signs

Signs: Regulatory signs are circular and either red or blue, indicating mandatory actions.

Right of Way Rules

Uncontrolled Junctions: Traffic from the right has the right of way.

Turning Right: At large junctions, wait in designated boxes or for a green arrow.

Turning Left: At junctions with a slipway, give way to merging traffic.

Speed Limits

Speed Limit (km/h)
All Roads
School and Silver Zones

Driver Improvement Points System (DIPS)

Demerit Points: Range from 3 to 12 per offence. Severe offences can lead to more than 12 points, fines, imprisonment, or licence disqualification.

New Drivers: On probation for one year. Accumulating 13 or more points results in licence revocation.

Non-Probationary Drivers: Face suspension if they accumulate 24 points in 24 months (12 weeks suspension) or 12 points in 12 months (24 weeks suspension).

Good Behaviour Incentives: Points expunged after 12 months of offence-free driving; suspensions removed after 24 months.

Penalties for Traffic Offences

Composition Fines: Various fines apply for different offences. Severe offences may result in court prosecution and harsher penalties.

Criminal Penalties: For irresponsible driving include imprisonment and long-term disqualification.

Traffic Offence Examples and Penalties

Demerit Points
Fine (Light Vehicles)
Fine (Heavy Vehicles)

Stopping in a Yellow Box




Speeding (1-20 km/h over limit)


Using a Mobile Device while Driving

Court Prosecution

Court Prosecution

Additional Rules and Regulations for Driving in Singapore

Use of Mobile Devices

    Using a mobile device while driving is strictly prohibited unless it is hands-free. Violations can lead to 12 demerit points and court prosecution.

    Smoking in Vehicles

      Smoking is not allowed in vehicles with children under the age of 12 present. Offenders can face fines up to $1,000.

      No Honking Zone

        In certain designated areas, honking is prohibited to reduce noise pollution. Violations can result in fines.

        Parking Regulations

          Coupon Parking: Many areas require parking coupons, which can be purchased from convenience stores or through mobile apps.

          Electronic Parking System (EPS): In some areas, an automated system charges based on the duration of parking. Ensure your vehicle has an in-vehicle unit (IU) for automatic deductions.

          Road Tax and Vehicle Inspections

            Road Tax: Must be paid annually. Ensure your road tax is up to date to avoid penalties.

            Vehicle Inspections: Cars over three years old must undergo regular inspections to ensure roadworthiness. Check the inspection schedule and comply accordingly.

            Pedestrian Crossings and Cyclist Zones

              Pedestrian Crossings: Always give way to pedestrians at designated crossings. Failure to do so can result in fines and demerit points.

              Cyclist Zones: Respect cyclist lanes and be cautious around bicycles. Encroaching on cyclist zones can lead to penalties.

              Usage of Fog Lights

                Fog lights should only be used in conditions with poor visibility, such as heavy rain or fog. Misuse can result in fines and demerit points.

                Best Practices for Driving in Singapore

                Stay Updated on Traffic Rules​

                - Regularly check for updates on traffic laws and regulations.

                - Follow the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Traffic Police (TP) for the latest news.

                Plan Your Route

                - Use navigation apps to plan your route and avoid heavy traffic.

                - Be aware of ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) gantries and charges.

                Maintain Your Vehicle

                - Regularly service your car to ensure it’s in good condition.

                - Check tire pressure, brakes, and lights frequently.

                Drive Defensively

                - Always be alert and anticipate the actions of other drivers.

                - Maintain a safe following distance, especially in heavy traffic.

                Respect Pedestrian Zones

                - Slow down and be extra cautious in school zones and silver zones.

                - Give way to pedestrians at crossings.

                Adhere to Parking Regulations

                - Park only in designated areas.

                - Avoid double parking or blocking access.

                How to Pay Fines

                Payment Method
                Online Payment
                Visit the Singapore Police Force’s E-Services page. Enter your vehicle number and offence details to view and pay fines. Payment methods include credit/debit cards and eNETS.
                Mobile Apps
                Use mobile apps like AXS and SAM to pay fines conveniently. These apps allow for quick payment using various methods.
                In-Person Payment
                Visit AXS stations, SingPost branches, or Singapore Police Force counters. Make sure to bring your offence notice and payment method.

                How to Challenge Fines and Suspensions

                Submit an Appeal
                Submit an appeal online through the Singapore Police Force’s E-Services page. Provide supporting documents and a detailed explanation of your appeal.
                Request for Mitigation
                Write to the Traffic Police requesting a reduction in fine or points. Include any mitigating circumstances that may support your case.
                Attend a Court Hearing
                If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may request a court hearing. Prepare your case with evidence and, if necessary, seek legal advice.
                DIPS Retraining Course
                If suspended, attend the Driver Improvement Points System (DIPS) retraining course to reduce the suspension period. Successfully completing the course may also help expunge some demerit points.

                Car Insurance and Claims

                - No-Claim Discount (NCD)

                - Maintain a clean driving record to benefit from NCD, which reduces your insurance premium.

                - Avoid making small claims that could affect your NCD.

                Choosing the Right Insurance

                - Compare different insurance policies to find the best coverage for your needs.

                - Look for policies that offer additional benefits for safe drivers.

                - Driving in Different Weather Conditions

                Weather Condition
                Best Practices
                Rainy Weather
                Slow down and increase your following distance. Turn on your headlights to improve visibility.
                Hot Weather
                Ensure your car’s cooling system is functioning well. Keep hydrated and take breaks during long drives.

                Land Transport Authority (LTA): Official Website

                Singapore Police Force (SPF): Traffic Police

                AXS Station Locations: AXS Website

                How to Get Started with Drive lah

                Getting started with Drive lah is simple. Here’s a quick guide:

                For Car Owners:

                Sign Up: Create an account on the Drive lah to share your car.
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                For Renters:

                Sign Up: Create an account on the Drive lah website or our Drive lah app.
                Browse Cars: Use our search filters to find the perfect car for your needs.
                Book and Drive: Choose your car, book it, and enjoy your drive. It’s that easy!

                Drive to Malaysia with Drive lah

                One of the unique benefits of renting a car through Drive lah is the ability to drive to Malaysia. Whether it’s a quick shopping trip to Johor Bahru or a road trip to Kuala Lumpur, our cars are ready to take you there.

                Here are a few tips for driving to Malaysia:

                Check Documentation: Ensure you have all necessary documents, including your passport,VEP, vehicle insurance, and toll cards.

                Observe Speed Limits: Speed limits in Malaysia may differ from those in Singapore. Pay attention to road signs.

                Plan Your Route: Use navigation apps to plan your journey and avoid heavy traffic at the border.

                Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

                1. Can I share my car if it's under a loan or financing?

                Yes, most financial institutions allow car owners to share their vehicles through car-sharing platforms like Drive lah. However, it’s best to check with your lender to confirm.

                2. What happens if my car gets damaged during a rental?

                In the event of any damage, our comprehensive insurance policy covers the repairs. You will not be left out of pocket.

                3. Are there any mileage limits for rentals?

                Each car owner sets their own mileage limits. Be sure to check the listing details before booking a car to understand any mileage restrictions.

                4. How does Drive lah handle fuel charges?

                Renters are required to return the car with the same fuel level as when they picked it up. If the fuel level is lower, they may be charged a refueling fee.

                5. What if a renter incurs a traffic fine while using my car?

                Any traffic fines incurred during the rental period are the responsibility of the renter. Drive lah facilitates the transfer of fines to the renter to ensure the car owner is not penalized.


                Driving in Singapore involves following strict rules and regulations, but with the right knowledge and preparation, it can be a smooth experience. Whether you’re a local or someone who has recently moved to Singapore, understanding these regulations will help you navigate the roads safely and confidently.

                At Drive lah, we make car sharing easy and safe for both car owners and renters. By joining our platform, you can enjoy the benefits of car sharing, from earning extra income to having access to a wide range of vehicles for your travels. Plus, with the option to drive to Malaysia, your adventures can extend beyond Singapore’s borders.

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                Also read:
                The Ultimate Guide to Your Singapore to Malaysia Road Trip Adventure
                Navigating Car Rentals in Singapore: A Must-Read Guide for New Residents
                Comprehensive Guide: Obtaining Your Driving License at BBDC in Singapore