Too much of a hassle. One will also need to agree to be a witness. Fortunately, there was no accident this time. Anyway, I am sure if the driver continues driving the same way, he or she will be involved in an accident sooner or later.
Yes, I always practice defensive driving and know at any one time whether there is a car on my left, right and behind me and of course, I am fully aware of cars in front of me. Saying all that, it is the motorcyclists that is difficult to judge as they can zoom in and out as they must think that cars cannot do the same.
Malaysian registered vehicles are the worst of the lot. They usually have no insurance and one cannot claim against them and they probably know it. I had been in 2 accidents with Malaysian registered vehicles and my insurance company just ask me to claim against my own insurance as they too know that there is a loophole in our law that allows these foreign vehicles to go scot free.
I think one cannot wait or park at double yellow lines..... apart from alighting passengers.
Under the Road Traffic Act, "Park" means to bring a motor vehicle or a trailer to a stationary position and cause it to wait for any purpose other than that of immediately taking up or setting down persons, goods or luggage.
So that's the meaning of "park". No wonder there has been no ticket sent to me yet, after I stopped in front of the Cash-converters at Tampines bus interchange to unload the items in the boot, only to spot the tiny and inconspicuous sign that reads "CCTV in operation - fine $$$ demerit points XXX".
I recently checked with LTA about "parking", mainly due to the concern I had about the new CCTVs installed at busy bus stops where I usually pick/alight people (potential fines up to $300) e.g. Serangoon MRT, Bishan MRT etc. This was part of the reply from LTA (dated 15 Jan 2015):
" “Parking” under the Road Traffic Act means to bring a vehicle to a stationary position and cause it to wait for any purpose other than that of immediately taking up or settling down persons or goods. This rule applies regardless whether there is someone in the vehicle or not, or whether the engine is running or the road traffic was clear at the moment. There is no grace period given. "
Frankly, I can close an eye to the first driver. At the least he signalled, went at a controlled and relatively constant speed, and didn't change lanes too suddenly. Not the second driver though, that was just ridiculous.
Just yesterday I was on a bus, front seat, and saw a car blatantly beat a red light at a pedestrian crossing. The vehicle was already stationary while the green man was flashing, and bulk of the people have crossed (peak hour), yet the driver couldn't wait a couple of seconds more for the flashing green man to stop and lights to turn green for vehicles. The car started to accelerate and went past the second white line of pedestrian crossing before braking suddenly because there was a lady dashing across the road (I believe she was blocked by the bus I was on, hence the driver didn't know she was trying to cross). The lady had a shocked expression and stared at the car, and fortunately managed to cross safely.
I managed to take down the license plate and make of car, but it zoomed away before I could get a picture. Reported it to Traffic Police nonetheless, but without explicit evidence such as an independent witness or video of the event, I doubt anything will be done. Maybe the recent move to install more red light cameras can capture such culprits.