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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Number of Vehicle Fires Occurring in Housing Estates and Efforts to Educate Vehicle Owners

03 Feb 2020 In Parliament

Ms Joan Pereira asked the Minister for Transport

a.     in the past year, how many vehicle fires have occurred in housing estates; and

b.     how can vehicle owners be better prepared to spot danger signs from their vehicles so that they can take quick remedial action.

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force's (SCDF) records, there were 64 vehicle fires in housing estates in 2019. This includes fires that occurred in open air carparks, multi-storey carparks and minor roads within residential estates, and within landed residential units.

2.     To prevent vehicle fires, vehicle owners should check for fluid leakage, as this could lead to overheated engines. They should also service their vehicles regularly, and avoid modifying their vehicles illegally. For additional tips, they can access SCDF's advisories on social media, and at motorist touchpoints such as petrol kiosks, LTA-Authorised Inspection Centres and customer service centres.