SINGAPORE - Only four motorists were nabbed for fuel-gauge offences last year, down from 17 in 2012 and 14 in 2011, said Singapore Customs in its annual statistics report out on Thursday.
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Here is an extract from the statement by the Singapore Customs:
Fuel gauge offences
Four offenders were prosecuted for fuel gauge offences in 2013 (see Table 7). In general, the drop in the number of offenders prosecuted suggests that the public has become more aware of the stern penalties they face should they flout the law.
Singapore-registered motor vehicles must have at least three-quarter tank of petrol when departing Singapore. On 1 January 2012, the three-quarter tank rule was extended to the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tanks of motor vehicles as well.
Motorists are advised not to infringe the three-quarter tank rule as there will be stringent checks at the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Tuas Checkpoint.
Those caught tampering with the fuel gauge in their vehicle so that it gives a false reading of the amount of petrol/CNG in their fuel tanks will be liable on conviction to fines not exceeding $5,000 and/or a jail term of up to 12 months.