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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Complaints of Noise Pollution Caused by Vehicles with Modified Engines

06 Jan 2020 In Parliament

Ms Joan Pereira asked the Minister for Transport

a.    how many complaints have been received from the public over the past three years about noise pollution caused by vehicle owners who modify their engines; and

b.    what is LTA's process in handling such complaints and ensuring that necessary enforcement is meted out to prevent future occurrences.

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     Vehicle noise is caused by a variety of factors, such as illegal modifications, vehicle design or driver behavior. Since 2017, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has received 4,377 complaints about noise pollution suspected to be caused by illegally modified vehicles. LTA takes public feedback seriously and looks into all such complaints. Over the past three years, LTA has taken action against 3,792 illegally modified vehicles based on such complaints, as well as part of its regular enforcement efforts.

2.     Any person who illegally modifies vehicles can be fined up to $5000, imprisoned up to three months, or both. The penalties will be doubled for repeat offenders. Members of the public can report incidences of illegally modified vehicles to LTA through LTA’s feedback channels.