ICA Advisory: Travelling During The Vesak Day? Heavy traffic expected at land checkpoints from 17 – 20 May 2019

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Starts17 May 2019 (Fri)Ends20 May 2019 (Mon)
Location Land Checkpoints

Traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy in the lead-up to and during the Vesak Day holiday from Friday, 17 May 2019 to Monday, 20 May 2019.

Travellers using the land checkpoints during these periods can expect delays and are advised to adjust their travel plans where necessary.

Travellers Have a Part to Play

Security at checkpoints remains the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s top priority against any potential threats to Singapore, and ICA will be stepping up security checks during this period to prevent any security risks. With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time. Travellers are advised to plan ahead and be prepared to adjust their travel plans if necessary.

Travellers are reminded not to carry prohibited items such as firecrackers, ‘Pop-Pop” or chewing gum. If travellers are carrying dutiable or controlled items such as eggs, meat products and potted plants, they should proactively make declarations to officers prior to checks.

Traffic Information

ICA has observed many instances of queue-cutting at both land checkpoints during peak periods. ICA advises against this as it can cause severe congestion and compromise motorists’ safety. Motorists are reminded to observe traffic rules, maintain land discipline at all times and cooperate with checkpoint officers to ensure a safe environment at the checkpoints.

Before embarking on their journey, motorists are advised to check the prevailing traffic situation at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints through the One Motoring website or via the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the BKE and AYE respectively. Motorists can also check the ICA’s Facebook page for updates on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints.

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Clearance Efficiency Without Compromising Security

The ICA will continue to take necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. Checkpoint officers will continue to monitor arrival and departure traffic conditions and ensure optimal deployment of resources to handle peak-hour traffic.

The ICA will also continue to work with the Traffic Police to ensure road discipline at the critical junctions leading to the land checkpoints.

ICA seeks travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods.

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