Heavy traffic expected at land checkpoints over Vesak Day long weekend: ICA

SINGAPORE: Those aspiring to journey to Malaysia over the Vesak Day long weekend ought to anticipate heavy traffic at the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) stated on Thursday (May 12). 

In a media launch, ICA stated traffic departing Singapore is expected to be heavy between Frida and Saturday, whereas traffic into Singapore is expected to be heavy between Sunday and Monday.

As Vesak Day this yr falls on Sunday, Monday is a public vacation. 

“Travellers using the land checkpoints during these periods can expect delays and are advised to adjust their travel plans to avoid being caught in the traffic jams where possible,” the company stated. 

Over the earlier long weekend between Apr 29 and May 3 – during which each the Labour Day and Hari Raya Puasa public holidays fell – greater than 490,000 travellers departed Singapore for Malaysia through the land checkpoints. 

The ICA famous that at the height of the Vesak Day vacation in 2019 – which was additionally a long weekend – travellers departing Singapore through the land checkpoints needed to wait virtually three hours.

Those arriving by automotive throughout that point needed to wait as much as one hour earlier than they have been cleared via immigration, it stated. 

“For this upcoming long weekend, travellers are thus advised to factor in additional time for immigration clearance, and to check the traffic situation before embarking on their journey,” stated the ICA. 

It suggested folks to plan forward and keep away from departing Singapore between 3pm and 11.59pm on Friday, whereas on Saturday travellers ought to keep away from the intervals between 6am and 10am, in addition to between 4pm and 9pm. 

Meanwhile, these travelling into Singapore ought to keep away from the height hours between 5pm and 7pm on Sunday, in addition to between 1pm and 11.59pm on Monday. 

The ICA suggested motorists to test the traffic scenario at the land checkpoints through the Land Transport Authority’s One Motoring web site or the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System on the Bukit Timah and Ayer Rajah expressways.

“Motorists can also check ICA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints,” the company stated. 

It additionally suggested travellers to take cross-border bus companies as a substitute of driving into Malaysia through non-public automobiles to keep away from getting caught within the traffic jams.

To guarantee “smooth immigration clearance and avoid undue delays”, the ICA suggested travellers to test their passports are legitimate for at least six months. 

Singapore everlasting residents who’ve renewed their passport can even must switch their re-entry allow (REP) to the brand new passport, whereas long-term go holders ought to notify ICA or the Manpower Ministry of any change of their passport particulars.

The company additionally reminded travellers in opposition to bringing in prohibited gadgets, and suggested these driving Singapore-registered automobiles to make sure their tanks are at least three-quarters full. 

The ICA stated it could take the required measures to “facilitate immigration clearance without compromising security”.

“Our checkpoint officers monitor traffic conditions in real-time, to ensure optimal deployment of resources. We will also work with the Traffic Police to ensure road discipline at the critical junctions leading to the land checkpoints,” the company stated. 

“We seek travellers’ understanding and cooperation to observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline and cooperate with officers on-site when using the land checkpoints.”

Heavy traffic expected at land checkpoints over Vesak Day long weekend: ICA

Ahmad Zhaki Abdullah

Source : channelnewsasia.com

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