Trailer truck driver arrested for driving against traffic on ECP

Trailer truck driver arrested for driving against traffic on ECP
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SINGAPORE - Two trailer trucks got into trouble in separate road incidents on Friday (March 17).

No one was injured in either. Both incidents were captured on videos and photos circulating on social media.

The police have arrested a 32-year-old man for the offence of Dangerous Driving.

Earlier in the morning, the Traffic Police received information that a trailer truck had driven dangerously along East Coast Parkway (ECP) towards MCE, Marina Coastal Expressway, (AYE, Ayer Rajah Expressway).

The blue and red trailer truck from Rio Logistics was caught on video camera driving against traffic on the ECP near the entrance to MCE.

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Trailer truck XE131U (RIO Logistics (S) Pte Ltd) going against the traffic at the entrance of west bound MCE from ECP just this morning on 17 March 2017 around 8am. (Video Credit: Samuel Lee)

Posted by Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road on Thursday, 16 March 2017

A line of cars had to stop while the truck made a U-turn which blocked the entire expressway, a video uploaded on road safety community page Beh Chia Lor showed.

The police said in a news release on Friday that through follow-up investigations, the identity of the male driver was established and he was arrested.

In the second incident, a second trailer skidded and crashed into the road divider along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) towards the exit to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) towards Tuas at around 3pm.

The prime mover became detached from the trailer and folded back, a phenomenon called "jack knifing".

The Straits Times understands that the trailer truck skidded on the wet road surface as the driver started to turn left.

He tried to brake, lost control of the vehicle and hit the railing by the side of the road.

Motorists convicted of Dangerous Driving will lose their driving licences, and will be fined up to $3,000 or be jailed for up to one year, or both.

In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, motorists will be fined up to $5,000 or jailed for up to two years, or both.


This article was first published on March 17, 2017.
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