17 Jan '11, 10pm

Stricter safety rules for lorries from next month: LORRY drivers and company bosses who flout safety rules on tr...

From Feb 1 2011, higher fines as well as demerit points will be put in place for those who do not comply with safety regulations for the transportation of workers on lorries. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN LORRY drivers and company bosses who flout safety rules on transporting workers will face stiffer penalties. From Feb 1, fines will be increased from $200 to $500 for certain offences. They include carrying workers in the back while there are empty seats in the lorry cabin, and allowing workers to sit so that they are higher than 1.1m measured from the floor of the lorry. First-time offenders will get demerit points for most offences. Errant drivers who carry too many passengers or ferry them in a dangerous manner will also get demerit points. In July last year, the Government brought forward the deadline for enhanced safety standards from September next year to next month. Read ...

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