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NEA Enforces Against Smoky And Noisy Foreign Motorcycles

27 Mar 2018

Singapore, 27 March 2018 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) caught 197 errant motorcyclists for smoke and excessive noise emission offences over two days of enforcement on 26 and 27 March 2018. The enforcement was carried out at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints and targeted smoky and noisy foreign motorcycles (refer to Annex A for photos from the operations).

2          The breakdown of offences is tabulated below. 


Number of Foreign-Registered Motorcycles

Smoke Emission


Excessive Noise Emission



3          Under the Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations, it is an offence to use or permit the use of any smoky vehicle on the road. It is also an offence to use motor vehicles that emit noise above the level specified for its class in the regulations (refer to Annex B for more information on the regulations). The enforcement operations are also a reminder to motorists to maintain their motorcycles.

4          Members of the public who spot smoky or noisy motorcycles on the road are encouraged to report them to NEA with details such as the motorcycle registration number, location, date and time of the incident, via any of the following platforms:

  • NEA hotline: 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632)
  • Online Feedback:
  • iPhone/Android application: myENV
  • Motorists who wish to submit videos of smoky or noisy motorcycles can also do so via the myENV mobile application.

5          Reducing vehicle exhaust emissions and noise will help to achieve and sustain a healthy and clean living environment in Singapore. Members of the community and stakeholders are urged to play their part in keeping our environment clean and ensure high standards of public health. NEA will continue to ensure greater compliance through enforcement against errant vehicle owners.

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For more information, please contact us at 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632) or submit your enquiries electronically via the Online Feedback Form or myENV mobile application.


Annex A

Photos from NEA’s Enforcement Operations on 26 and 27 March

Officer taking enforcement

Fig 1: An officer taking enforcement action against motorcyclists for smoke and excessive noise emission offences.

Smoky and Noise test

Fig 2: A smoky motorcycle undergoing the noise emission test

Annex B

Factsheet on NEA’s Enforcement on Foreign Motorcycle-Related Offences

Under the Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations, it is an offence for any vehicle to emit smoke or visible vapour while in use on the road. Owners of smoky vehicles will be offered a tiered composition sum based on vehicle type and number of offences committed. If they fail to pay the sum, they shall be liable to a maximum court fine of $5,000.

2          During enforcement operations, smoky foreign motorcycles undergoing the smoke test are concurrently tested for noise emission. If they fail the noise test, the foreign motorist will be cautioned to rectify the vehicle. In addition, the particulars of the foreign motorist and motorcycle will be forwarded to the foreign authority for their follow-up action.

Enforcement Results

Smoky Foreign Motorcycles

3          The table below shows the statistics of the enforcement cases against smoky foreign motorcycles for the past two years.  


No. of Enforcement Actions Against

Smoky Foreign Motorcycles





Noisy Foreign Motorcycles

4          Over the past two years, NEA took action against 179 noisy foreign motorcycles. Compared to 2016, the increase in 2017 is due to stepped up enforcement against noisy foreign motorcycles. 


No. of Enforcement Cases Against

Noisy Foreign Motorcycles