04 Jun '11, 6am

How much does a tree in Singapore cost? From $2000 onwards

How much does a tree in Singapore cost? From $2000 onwards

THE next time you recklessly crash into a lamp post, you would have more to worry about than just your car repair bill. That lamp post, if it needs to be replaced, will cost you an extra $2,000. In short, if it is your fault that you hit traffic fixtures or even trees, you have to pay up. Every year, about $500,000 is collected from motorists or insurance companies, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the National Parks Board (NParks). When it's a hit-and-run case, it's taxpayers' money that gets wasted. LTA said it has recovered an average of $350,000 a year in repair costs from about 490 incidents in the past three years. NParks said it sees about 100 cases a year and collects $100,000 to $150,000 in fines for damage to trees by motorists. Recently, a Stomper called Mr Lim posted on the citizen journalism website a picture of a major accident involving a car and ...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/Motoring/Drivers/Story/A1Story2010...

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