Private-hire Drivers beware!
The National Environment Agency (NEA) is now on the hunt for motorist including private-hire drivers for smoking and flicking their cigarette butt out from their vehicles.
In a widely circulated screenshot on Facebook, a letter from the NEA was sent to the registered owner of the vehicle requesting for driver’s information. NEA claims that they have received information that the errant driver threw out a cigarette butt from the vehicle onto the public road along the junction of Tampines Ave 5 and Avenue 4 towards Simei near Our Tampines Hub.
The act of dumping the cigarette butt has constituted a littering offence under Section 17(1)(a) of the Environmental Public Health Act(Cap.95). The offence carries a maximum line of not exceeding $2000.
Smoking is not allowed on Private-Hire Vehicle
Smoking is not allowed for both drivers and riders on excursion buses, trishaws and Private-Hire Vehicles. The changes were announced on 1 October 2017. NEA had also encouraged members of the public to any violations.
Uber has also reminded drivers of the smoking ban in private-hire vehicles through the Driver Partner App. It is also giving out free ‘No-Smoking’ decals to be displayed in the vehicles.
Your next stick of cigarette could cost you $2000
The next time you want to lit up in your car, think hard again. You could be the next recipient of the letter.
There are plenty of static cameras all over Singapore roads and many more ‘vigilantes’ that would snap a photo of your wrongdoing and report you to the authorities for free. Earlier this year, a taxi company also encouraged its drivers to sabotage and report private-hire drivers that pick up riders from taxi-stands.
In the above case, it seems more likely that it was a case of public ‘vigilantes’ reporting the driver instead of getting caught on camera. Static cameras are used mainly for road monitoring and security reasons instead of being used to spot the litterbug.