By now, you probably already know that Singaporeans have been travelling to Malaysia over the past few days for cheaper fuel.
But did you know about the three-quarter tank rule?
For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, the three-quarter rule requires Singapore-registered cars to leave the land checkpoints in Singapore with at least three-quarters of their fuel tank filled.
Additionally, if you get caught driving out of Singapore with less than three-quarters of fuel in your fuel tank, you might be issued a composition sum of up to $500, or even be prosecuted in court.
And if you’re a little luckier, your punishment will be to perform a U-turn at the land checkpoints if you get caught.
The luckiest scenario is that you don’t get caught lah, but it seems like it might not be the case for now.
Apart from that, drivers may also end up getting changed in court for illegally altering their car’s fuel measuring equipment if authorities find out that there are vehicle fuel gauges that have been tampered with.
If it isn’t obvious enough already, the three-quarter tank rule was put in place to limit the maximum amount of fuel that Singapore-registered vehicles are allowed to load up on in Malaysia, and has actually been in place for quite a while.
As of 8pm on Sunday (3 April), a total of 55 cars have been made to turn back as they did not fulfil the three-quarter rule.
However, it seems like Singaporeans have still been going up north to get their cheaper fuel.
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According to Shin Min Daily News, there were around 500 Singapore-registered cars that appeared at a particular “popular” petrol kiosk in Johor Bahru on Saturday (2 April) to load up on petrol.
On 3 April, the number of Singapore-registered vehicles present at the same petrol kiosk decreased to approximately 300, but it was also noted that it was raining on that day, hence deterring more people from travelling to Malaysia that day.
Even though there were fewer vehicles pumping petrol at that particular kiosk on 3 April, Shin Min‘s reporter also mentioned that from around 4 pm to 4.30 pm, there were around 40 Singapore-registered vehicles who were pumping petrol at the kiosk.
Now, if you intend to pump petrol in Malaysia, do watch this video to the end first:
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