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Most traffic offence notices issued within 7 days

In 2012 and 2013, more than 98 per cent of traffic offence notices were issued within seven days of the date of offence.

SINGAPORE: In 2012 and 2013, more than 98 per cent of traffic offence notices were issued within seven days of the date of offence.

Only about 900 of the 614,000 notices issued during that period reached recipients more than a year after the offence was committed.

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, gave this update in Parliament on Friday.

He said the majority of the delayed notices involved cases that required complex investigations to determine the appropriate action to be taken.

"Delays in the receipt of traffic notices may also arise where they were not successfully delivered to the offender in the first instance.

"This could be because the registered vehicle owner or the offender did not report a change in his address thereby necessitating further checks, or the registered owner did not furnish the Traffic Police with the particulars of the offender in a timely manner," Mr Masagos added.

Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Zainal Sapari then asked if a two- or three-month deadline from the date of offence could be enforced.

He asked if a notice could be voided or a letter of advisory issued if this time frame is exceeded.

Mr Masagos replied that the police have no power to pardon an offender.

"Certainly, this discretion should not be given to them," he added. 

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