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hudson chia
10-11-2005, 10:16 AM
Dear Forumners , Has anybody driven in to Singapore lately? What are the requirements. Still need to bring along car registration card or insurance apart from passport ? I will appreciate some feedbacks, Thanks.

PJS
10-11-2005, 10:25 AM
All u need to know about driving into Singapore(but no mentioned of car reg car or insurance):

http://www.lta.gov.sg/motoring_matters/index_motoring_guide.htm

I've read it sometime ago, dont remember the requirements coz I don't really understand it. :confused: :p

Real life tips from someone who used to drive in and out would be much better, anyone can help?

I reckon our car insurance is valid in Singapore as well, right?

penangkia
10-11-2005, 10:27 AM
Bring those along anyway..what's the big deal to be sure?

No chewing gums please :p

mad1126
10-11-2005, 10:30 AM
I usually only bring the insurance policy actually I'm not sure whether it's required. but just remember to top up or buy your auto pass before you enter the immigration.

hudson chia
10-11-2005, 10:33 AM
Thanks PJS, but no mention of car registration card and what if it is company owned.? Would appreciate if those who have real recent experience.

hudson chia
10-11-2005, 10:39 AM
Since I am attending a wedding, by the way what is the latest angpow rate.?

cosmic dust
10-11-2005, 10:52 AM
Remember to update your info on your roadtax the time you are at the entry point (if you on the way out of Singapore, they will stop and fine you for not updating your roadtax info - to them, ignorance is not an excuse). Previously we detached the road tax disc from our windscreen to show the officer so that he can update our road tax info in their system, but now, since we cannot remove the disc, I suggest you bring the resit (you know the piece of paper you left after you tear your road tax disc from) to show them. That was what I did when I was there last Christmas, I don't know whether they have change the procedure or not for the last 300 days.

kudat
10-11-2005, 10:52 AM
no need to bring registration card. at custom you will need to purchase CASH card. this is to pay for bridge toll and also daily rate into Singapore on weekdays. weekend is free...

they only take your car number...

went there in different cars, and so far no need to show reg card yet... last time, they ask for road tax, now our road tax is stuck to window, so cannot take and show!!

just dont get caught for any traffic violation... they will not let you out without paying...

hudson chia
10-11-2005, 10:56 AM
Thanks , Kudat and Cosmic Dust, it is helpful info.

cosmic dust
10-11-2005, 10:57 AM
About the angpow, just give them the same as you give in Malaysia, but in Sing$. Example, you always give your brother's kids in Ipoh RM20, so give Sing$20 for your Sister's kids in Ang Mo Kio. :)

orchipalar
10-11-2005, 11:00 AM
Dear Forumners , Has anybody driven in to Singapore lately? What are the requirements. Still need to bring along car registration card or insurance apart from passport ? I will appreciate some feedbacks, Thanks.

Err...dear ChiaHakSoon:)...you may recall this thread...posted by dear Cindy Kee... (http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?t=5772) ahem...who left for Singapore...n by the looks of things...she may have gotten lost or something...err...anyone seen her since...? :D

cosmic dust
10-11-2005, 11:05 AM
Plan your stay in such a way to get maximum free entry. Friday after 7pm (not really sure, it might be 8pm) is free. Saturday and Sunday are free. All Singapore Public Holidays are free.

Let say you enter Singapore at Friday 9pm, exit on Wednesday 9pm. Lets say Tuesday and Wednesday are Singapore Public Holiday, then you only pay for Monday. (something in the range of Sing$20 to Sing$30 for any one day your car stay in Singapore)

peterkkchong
10-11-2005, 11:07 AM
My two cent point of view, i drove to Singapore twice, in 2004 and early 2005. Things change now based on website update funished by PJS.

1) Registration & Insurance - No need to present to immigration or custom. But good to bring copies, just in case. Since our road tax cannot be remove, the immigration staff will attend to you at your car to verify the particuliar.
2) When you are at the immigration counter, tell them this is your first visit with your car and they will furnish you a form to fill in to purchase Autopass. The Autopass take care of
1) VEP, which at one time we used to pay S$30.00 a day, now it free for 10
days (Check the website!)
2) If you are entering ERP area, you only pays S$5.00 flat a day.
3) Pay for tols, the first one at immigration counter.
4) Some parking areas.

Overall, it is not difficult to drive in Singapore, plenty of clear and big road signboard.

My expertise so far driving to Singapore during last 2 trips, Changi Airport, Sentosa Island and Orchard road.

hudson chia
10-11-2005, 11:10 AM
Thanks Orchi, Aiyo after reading the thread, me think better go by bus. :eek: :) :)

peterkkchong
10-11-2005, 11:13 AM
[QUOTE=1) VEP, which at one time we used to pay S$30.00 a day, now it free for 10
QUOTE]


Correction:

From 1 June 2005, all drivers of foreign registered cars and motorcycles can drive into Singapore for a maximum of 10 days in each calendar year without paying VEP fees.undefined
After the 10 VEP free days have been utilised, VEP fees for subsequent days are chargeable if you continue to use or drive your foreign-registered car or motorcycle during VEP operating hours.

EdRoZeN
10-11-2005, 11:16 AM
Just read what Orchi wrote for cindy last time.

Just for everyone's info, the unleaded petrol prices in singapore is 3times as much as the Malaysian Petrol. I always tell people you go Malaysia drink coke also more expensive than their petrol prices. :D NO OFFENSE HERE JUST A JOKE :D:D

That is why Singapore government permit all SG cars driving into Malaysia must have 3/4 tank full. Otherwise all SGreans flock to Malaysia. :)

And Orchi, in Singapore you drive less than 500m you see confirm see a traffic light, sometimes even less than 100m :eek: . Theres little chance you will ever reach 110km/h, unless you are driving at expressways. :D

Shiok eh? :)

hudson chia
10-11-2005, 11:24 AM
EdRoZen, since you are in Singapore,please enlighten me on the following;-
a) Price of beer at coffee shop or pubs
b) Cigarete

My last visit was in 1999. Thanks in advance.

cosmic dust
10-11-2005, 11:41 AM
Err.. don't try 110 km/h in Singapore. Their expressway speed limit is only 90 km/h. Plenty of speed camera but one thing good though, they usually warn you of speed camera ahead. Big Big sign so you can slow down.. :)

fatalshak
10-11-2005, 11:52 AM
I reckon our car insurance is valid in Singapore as well, right?

Actually NO but it depends on what you covered in your policy. Singapore has additional requirements like Legal Liabilities to Passengers and Non-Passengers (property, in case you langgar a lamp post).

I drive there all the time and I always make sure that I have enough coverage for both MY and SG. Check with your agent.

Ski
10-11-2005, 12:59 PM
If you are no hurry take a bus from Pudu Raya to JB.. RM24. from JB take a JB/Singapore bus express to Bugis Rm2.10 close to Bugis MRT do the same for the return, You really safe on the exchange. Otherwise take a double decker somewhere near Bungsar LRt straight to Singapore no hassle and save time a little pricey but very comfortable.

Driving Inside Singapore is madness$$$$$$ and unless you know the roads well, dont venture.. easily can get fined inS$

PJS
10-11-2005, 01:54 PM
Wow, I must've missed that previous thread where Orchi-san provided such a detailed write up of what-to's and what-not's for driving into Singapore.

I don't think I'd even want to drive own car there unless really unavoidable. Sadly, I've been flying in and out of Singapore several times a year for the past many years but nvr had the time to venture more than 500m-1km by foot from the MRT stations/offices/shopping ctrs/taxi stops.... been meaning to drive myself to see the island leh. :(

Having a car there after attending meetings/work will allow us to explore more. Maybe rental cars is an option, at least u don't hv all the headaches of driving own car into the island nation.

orchipalar
10-11-2005, 02:52 PM
Err...actually folks gotta point when they say that driving your own car in Singapore can be a drag...especially when one is NOT familiar with places that they need to go...

Err...leisurely...taking a bus...train or plane down under...n then wonder about in the beautiful city there using its efficient public transport system...is a whole new experience itself...:)

newbies
10-11-2005, 04:36 PM
Dear Forumners , Has anybody driven in to Singapore lately? What are the requirements. Still need to bring along car registration card or insurance apart from passport ? I will appreciate some feedbacks, Thanks.

wonder what kind of thrills you'd get driving there.. :D

EdRoZeN
10-11-2005, 06:14 PM
EdRoZen, since you are in Singapore,please enlighten me on the following;-
a) Price of beer at coffee shop or pubs
b) Cigarete

My last visit was in 1999. Thanks in advance.

I'm happy and disappointed to tell you that, Singapore government banned small packets of cigarettes. Well, due to the fact that underage smokers are increasing. They had to ban it so that when they want to purchase, they will have to spend more money, which will discourage them from smoking.

The large packets exist. They cost around S$8.50 to S$11.00 depending what what brand/type of cigarettes you like :D)

Beer. A small 330ml can cost you approximately S$2.80. For bottles, it's around S$5.00, both depending on brand/type.

Yeah. The money's burning a hole through your pocket. :D

hudson chia
11-11-2005, 09:44 AM
Thanks, EdroZen. Newbies, my original plan was to take a slow drive with my wife and his brother to Singapore. The idea was to stop at the following places to taste and enjoy the local delights.

Seremban- Fish Head Beehoon

Malacca- Nyonya Spicy food

Yong Peng- Fishball noodles

And on the way back;-

Batu Pahat- Nasi Gum

Muar- Otak,Otak

Kajang- Kajang Satay.

Of Course I could take a Plane or Bus but it would have to be restricted to schedule minus the above. Thrill may not be for some but for me it is the best way to kill two birds with one stone.

EdRoZeN
11-11-2005, 09:56 PM
Thanks, EdroZen. Newbies, my original plan was to take a slow drive with my wife and his brother to Singapore. The idea was to stop at the following places to taste and enjoy the local delights.

Seremban- Fish Head Beehoon

Malacca- Nyonya Spicy food

Yong Peng- Fishball noodles

And on the way back;-

Batu Pahat- Nasi Gum

Muar- Otak,Otak

Kajang- Kajang Satay.

Of Course I could take a Plane or Bus but it would have to be restricted to schedule minus the above. Thrill may not be for some but for me it is the best way to kill two birds with one stone.

So did the cigarette and beer prices bomb your original plan? :rolleyes:

expat1609
11-11-2005, 11:40 PM
Dear Forumners , Has anybody driven in to Singapore lately? What are the requirements. Still need to bring along car registration card or insurance apart from passport ? I will appreciate some feedbacks, Thanks.
hi hudson,
i am driving into singapore frequently and can tell you the following:
just bring your passport and some sing-dollars there will do.
at entrance to singapore you have to buy an auto pass, which you can top up (like touch and go card) in every seven eleven, many petrolstations and along the road short distance before the checkpoint.
road tax sticker on your windscreen will do, they will come outside to your car and check it. autopass costs 10 s$.
i allways use second link, higher toll but it is worth it, causeway can get stuck for 2 hrs, even at 2am :eek:
you have to pay s$20 per day to enter with your car, sat/sun/hol are free; this and the toll 2x3.70 will be deducted from your auto pass when you exit the country, so make sure you top up enough money before reaching the checkpoint, otherwise gotta go to office again and no malaysian ringgit accepted there.
if you happen to get into ERP zone, also no worries, they will not summon you, but deduct the toll from your auto pass the next time you exit.
kena saman also allready; on my next visit i was sent to the polis station at the checkpoint and after paying i could enter singapore without any problem.
have a nice trip, no more "hazards" nowadays ;)

kensu
12-11-2005, 12:07 PM
Yup. expat1609 is right. Just need your passport and S$ AND valid road tax as they will check your expiry and key into their system.
The autopass is for your charges as you travel around - parking and ERP.
Essentially the charges are :
1. Toll for netry and exit : S3.70 x 2 = S7.40
2. ERP is S5-00 per entry
3. Parking is at whatever rate stated at parking place.
4. 10 days VEP free, after which it applies
Just remember when you exit, you must top up your auto to ensure that you have sufficient. ( sum of all your charges less your initial bal of S10-00 when you purchase the autopass or whatever balance you have at entry).

If short, just go to their LTA counter and you will be slapped with what the 'fine ' country does best for an amount of S10-00 'Admin charges'.

There are still some open air parking which uses the coupon.
The fines are ;
1. If no coupon displayed - straight S30-00.
2. If coupon displayed but overdue, 1st saman at S10-00.
3. When they come back again after a hour or so and still no appropriate coupon displayed - fine increased to S20-00
4. Afterthat, on 3rd round - fine increased to S30-00. That is the max.

Anyway, Hudson, do have agood trip down..

cheers..

GreenBug
13-11-2005, 03:07 AM
You can still drive down but park your car in JB and take public transport into and around Singapore. Its such an efficient city and really easy to get around in the MRT, buses and of course the cabs. :D

expat1609
13-11-2005, 05:16 AM
You can still drive down but park your car in JB and take public transport into and around Singapore. Its such an efficient city and really easy to get around in the MRT, buses and of course the cabs. :D
oh yeah, the cabs.
unlike malaysia, they do have REAL TAXI DRIVERS !!!
the ones that send you where you ask them to, no need to ask, can cannot???
just tell them where you want to go, they will start the meter and go !!!
just in case any malaysian wonders why they do that: coz it is their job :p

fonzie
14-11-2005, 09:12 PM
Some questions..

1. The autopass balance: after visiting Singapore, can the balance amount in the autopass be unloaded to cash?

2. Need a "no-brainer" route to Havelock Road form the Woodlands checkpoint, if possible.....

3. If going via the second link is a better "no-brainer" than no 2, pray tell how....

Cheers!
FonZie

EdRoZeN
14-11-2005, 09:51 PM
Some questions..

1. The autopass balance: after visiting Singapore, can the balance amount in the autopass be unloaded to cash?

2. Need a "no-brainer" route to Havelock Road form the Woodlands checkpoint, if possible.....

3. If going via the second link is a better "no-brainer" than no 2, pray tell how....

Cheers!
FonZie


Wait, the autopass you guys are talking about, is it CashCard?

fatalshak
15-11-2005, 06:22 PM
Wait, the autopass you guys are talking about, is it CashCard?

CashCard - for Singaporean, is also used for car parks, etc.
AutoPass - for Foreigners

fatalshak
15-11-2005, 06:28 PM
Some questions..

1. The autopass balance: after visiting Singapore, can the balance amount in the autopass be unloaded to cash? - Yes but rather complicated, I just go to 7-Eleven and use the balance to buy stuff.

2. Need a "no-brainer" route to Havelock Road form the Woodlands checkpoint, if possible.....

3. If going via the second link is a better "no-brainer" than no 2, pray tell how.... - Take ECP to CTE, exit at Havelock Road, check ERP times, you might need to rent in vehicle unit. Let me go home and check my map, will get back to you eith specifics

Cheers!
FonZie

See above for answers.

fatalshak
15-11-2005, 06:30 PM
Yup. expat1609 is right. Just need your passport and S$ AND valid road tax as they will check your expiry and key into their system.
The autopass is for your charges as you travel around - parking and ERP.
Essentially the charges are :
1. Toll for netry and exit : S3.70 x 2 = S7.40
2. ERP is S5-00 per entry
3. Parking is at whatever rate stated at parking place.
4. 10 days VEP free, after which it applies
Just remember when you exit, you must top up your auto to ensure that you have sufficient. ( sum of all your charges less your initial bal of S10-00 when you purchase the autopass or whatever balance you have at entry).

If short, just go to their LTA counter and you will be slapped with what the 'fine ' country does best for an amount of S10-00 'Admin charges'.

There are still some open air parking which uses the coupon.
The fines are ;
1. If no coupon displayed - straight S30-00.
2. If coupon displayed but overdue, 1st saman at S10-00.
3. When they come back again after a hour or so and still no appropriate coupon displayed - fine increased to S20-00
4. Afterthat, on 3rd round - fine increased to S30-00. That is the max.

Anyway, Hudson, do have agood trip down..

cheers..

Kensu, you must have had a FINE experience in Singapore since you knowledge is so cun.

kensu
15-11-2005, 07:53 PM
I was down during during the Raya holidays...
Might as well share whatever I do know about taking the car down...
Gonig on holiday there ???

Bugis Street and Bugis junction as well as Toa Payoh are not too bad. Something different the the Orchard Road..

hudson chia
16-11-2005, 03:38 PM
Folks, I just got back from Singapore by bus. Not too bad it cost me MR 40-00 and MR60-00 return. Started from Bangsar at 9.30 a.m. and arrived at Novena Square at 2.30pm with one stop at Pagoh. Customs not a problem and took MRT to my destination at Sembawang.

Visited Sentosa Island, quite refreshing but must take food first at Marina Point.A lot of varieties and handsome portions average at S3.50-S4.00.
Must advise visitors to buy package entry to enter Sea World etc otherwise very expensive to enter at random.

Orchard road now very attractive decoration for Christmas. Lucky I did not drive as it is so convenient travel by MRT. Constant announcement in MRT to look out for bags unattended and report to 999, guess they are worried about terrorists.

Tough screening at Singapore customs for those who wear Skull cap. We have one amongst us and cause 20 minutes delay. City very clean everywhere .

orchipalar
16-11-2005, 03:58 PM
Folks, I just got back from Singapore by bus. Not too bad it cost me MR 40-00 and MR60-00 return. Started from Bangsar at 9.30 a.m. and arrived at Novena Square at 2.30pm with one stop at Pagoh. Customs not a problem and took MRT to my destination at Sembawang.

Visited Sentosa Island, quite refreshing but must take food first at Marina Point.A lot of varieties and handsome portions average at S3.50-S4.00.
Must advise visitors to buy package entry to enter Sea World etc otherwise very expensive to enter at random.

Orchard road now very attractive decoration for Christmas. Lucky I did not drive as it is so convenient travel by MRT. Constant announcement in MRT to look out for bags unattended and report to 999, guess they are worried about terrorists.

Tough screening at Singapore customs for those who wear Skull cap. We have one amongst us and cause 20 minutes delay. City very clean everywhere .
Hahahaaa...Chia Hak Soon:)...ya took tha BEST advice of all...most practical n certainly most economical one....:D

Err...by the way...n by the slightest chance...did ya happen to bump into...err...Cindy Kee:)...while you were in Singapore?...:D

Ahem...seems like she has NOT came back from her planned trip to Singapore wor...:D

Ski
16-11-2005, 04:27 PM
Folks, I just got back from Singapore by bus. Not too bad it cost me MR 40-00 and MR60-00 return. Started from Bangsar at 9.30 a.m. and arrived at Novena Square at 2.30pm with one stop at Pagoh.


Glad you enjoyed your bus ride as i pointed it this out to you earlier.
Is there any bus leaving later? I have not been on these buses, anyway i will give it try. Usually i go via JB only RM24.

Tq

hudson chia
17-11-2005, 10:11 AM
Ski, yes I think there are 3 trips per day. 7.30 am, 9.30 am and 2.30pm and return the same schedule time. They even have a departure lounge to sit and have coffee or tea or leave your baggage and do some last minute shopping in singapore and k.l.

In case you require an emergency stop to relieve yourself, you may request at the next available stop. When departing, they give each passenger a bottle of mineral water, and a packet of biscuit, but it is advisable to bring a lot of reading materials and a warm towel as the airconditioning is very cold.

Imagine you save on toll and concentration of driving, it is worth it. I hear there is an upper comfort class call aeroline which charges about Rm95-00 0ne way which boasts of stewardess in attendance and Osim like massage seats. and "inflight service". I will try that the next time. Ski the one I use is call First Nation in bangsar beside Sri pandi restaurant. Anyway I would not use domestic flight unless it is necessary. Orchisan, I forgot about Cindy Wee .