About Vehicular Safety

Learn about the importance of vehicular safety. And find out about related laws, industry standards and key statistics.

Definition: Vehicular Safety

The three main factors that affect vehicular safety are the driver, the vehicle and the environment. The table below lists some of the considerations associated with each of these factors.

Factor

Considerations

Driver

  • Lack of training or competency
  • Failure to put on seat belt
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Forgetting to engage or fully engage handbrake
  • Distractions, such as using mobile phones while driving
  • Fatigue

Vehicle

  • Inappropriate use of vehicle e.g. load exceeds maximum laden weight
  • Not maintained regularly
  • Faulty safety devices (reverse sensors, signal lights)

Environment

  • Heavy traffic
  • Bad weather
  • Poor road conditions
  • Insufficient lighting

There are also potential hazards when vehicles are used on the roads and within workplace premises. Poor operation of vehicles can often lead to traffic accidents, destruction of property, and even injuries and deaths. Watch the video below to understand the importance of safe and good driving habits.

Laws and Industry Standards

As an employer, you are expected to comply with Singapore's WSH laws. You should pay particular attention to:

You should also observe relevant industry standards, such as:

Please refer to the WSH (Approved Codes of Practice) Notification (PDF) for the full list of approved Codes of Practice.

Statistics

  • In 2019, vehicular incidents were one of the top three causes of fatal injuries at the workplace.
  • Some of the incident types related to vehicular incidents include struck by moving vehicle and caught in/between vehicles.

Refer to Workplace Safety and Health Reports for the latest WSH National Statistics Report.

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