Tampines and Seletar limit will be 90kmh; petrol price rise negates April's reduction
Raised: Speed limit on expressways, petrol prices PHOTO: LTA

FIRST the good news: you're allowed to drive faster on the expressways. Now the bad: petrol prices have gone up.

From this Thursday, speed limits on the Tampines and Seletar expressways will be 90kmh, from 80kmh previously. Other expressways currently with the higher limit - raised in October last year - are the East Coast Parkway and Kranji Expressway.

"Our study showed that there was no increase in the number of speed-related accidents along these two expressways," the LTA and Traffic Police said in a statement released yesterday.

More expressways will see the revision. Stretches of the Bukit Timah, Central, Ayer Rajah and Pan-Island expressways will have the 90kmh limit in September. By then, the speed limits of commercial vehicles will also rise by 10kmh. They are now either 40kmh or 50kmh.

Unfortunately, fuel-efficiency is one thing motorists won't be enjoying with the raised speed limits (many cars operate optimally at 90kmh). Oil companies have upped pump prices. The increases, again rather uniform, are five cents for petrol and four cents for diesel.

For instance, Mobil Synergy Nova is now 144.7 cents per litre; its Synergy 98R is 134.9 cents; Synergy 92R is 128.3 cents; and Synergy Diesel Plus is 60.5 cents.

The latest change largely negates a seven-cent decrease in April - which in itself was the only respite after a series of increases dating back to last year.