Starting the first day of July this year, all private owned vehicles in Singapore must display the required decals on the windscreens of their cars.
The decal display is made of plastic and is 14 cm by 10 cm in size. This is approximately two times a road tax disc’s size. The decals are required to be placed on the front windscreen as well as on the rear.
The decal cannot be tampered with because police officers and authorities will be able to distinguish a decal that has been removed and put back in place.
According to LTA or Land Transport Authority, the requirement of the decals is done in order for registered cars under private ownership to be easily recognized. Authorities will be able to conduct any search and questioning for vehicles that are utilized as chauffeured services or hired in any way by hailing passengers on the road.
Owners of private vehicles should register their car before February 28 in order to get the tampered-evident decals for free. After that date, registering owners will have to pay a fee of $20 for a pair of decals.
For the front windscreen, the decal must be placed at the upper right corner while on the rear windscreen the decal must be positioned at the upper left corner.
Owners of private vehicles may not get a copy of their decals from authorized locations only – Uber, Grab affixing centers, STA inspection centers and Vicom/JIC inspection centers. They will also be the one to affix the decals on the cars.
Private vehicles without the decals will be violating the Road Traffic Act though the agency hasn’t released a guideline regarding the penalties yet.
During regular vehicle inspection, the decals will be part of the car which will be inspected as well. Road tax will not be subject for renewal unless owners have acquired their decals.
All owners of registered private vehicles have already been notified via mail and the number is approximately around 30,000.
Car signs in Sydney are also a common thing though most vehicle wrapping covers the entire vehicle unlike the decals which are quite small and can be passed off as a parking sticker.