I couldn’t believe my eyes when i opened the mailbox today and found a letter from the Land Transport Authority offering to compound an offence I’m alleged to have committed on Sept 24 at 6.41pm.
The letter said I had driven in a “part-day bus lane during prohibited hours”, on New Upper Changi Road between Bedok MRT Station and Bedok North Avenue 3.
Well, I was in the vicinity as detailed here. It was an unfamiliar neighbourhood and I was lost. So yes, I’m probably guilty as charged, so will be paying the $130 compound fine offered be4 Oct 9.
Alas, this isn’t the first time I’m paying a fine in less than one month.
Sometime in September I was fined $50 by HDB for parking in a reserved lot near the Kampung Glam Community Club.
Again, I plead guilty.
But why am I so zaogao?
There were other cars parked there — also without the requisite season passes — and I didn’t see any of them being gifted with a parking ticket secured by the wind-screen wiper.
As for my being caught in the bus lane, I felt indignation at the randomness of it all when I came out of my home this afternoon and saw a string of vehicles in the turn right lane at a time when the NO Right turn sign was glaringly on.
Yet, not a single traffic policeman in sight! They will all get away, despite flouting the law!
So, it’s a matter of luck — or lack of it — that I’m made to make the Government (LTA n HDB) $180 richer 😦