Singaporean actor Tay Ping Hui took to his Facebook on Thursday (1 Apr) to lament his frustration on the reckless behavior of cyclists on the road following his recent encounter behind the wheel.
In his post, Mr Tay included a video, recorded from the dashboard camera of his car, detailing the incident which sparked his irritation on the matter.
The 34-second video shows him driving on the left lane of a three-lane road as he reaches a cross junction. With the traffic light showing green, he continues to drive at the same speed.
Upon noticing a group of cyclists up ahead about to cycle into his lane, Mr Tay flashes his headlights repeatedly so as to signal them but they pay no attention to his warning as they casually cut him off, forcing him to jam on the brakes to prevent crashing into them.
According to the timestamp of the footage, the incident took place on Wednesday night (31 Mar) at about 9.35pm. The location of the almost-accident was not revealed.
Watch the video here:
“The light was green, I was on the left lane, within the speed limit & flashed my headlights to give ample warning even though I had the right of way. Guess what? They simply didn’t care. Yup, didn’t give a damn & just rode out like it’s their ah gong’s road,” Mr Tay recounted in his post.
He noted that he had to jam on the brakes to avoid killing them, adding that they even looked at him as if it was his fault.
“I am not even ranting here, cos this is literally like the umpteenth time I’ve experienced such behavior,” Mr Tay lamented.
He continued, “We all know about the clueless drivers out there who are totally oblivious to the perils of their poor driving habits. Well that’s just pure stupidity.
“But when we see cyclists doing things like running red lights, going against traffic, behaving like bullies and even riding on the expressways, it’s become a blatant disregard for the traffic laws & regulations that are meant to keep us safer.”
While Mr Tay acknowledged that the majority of cyclists out there are often safe and responsible on the road, he asserted that there will always be a “small group of bozos” that ruin everything for everyone else.
“Many of them simply do not care. Why? Because they know whatever happens, there’s no way to identify them like a car, bike or any registered and insured vehicle. So now we have cases of cyclists blatantly breaking rules, damaging other vehicles, crashing into pedestrians, & simply riding away,” he added.
Calls for all bicycles in Singapore to be registered so that cyclists can be identified in cases of accidents, conflict, or rule-breaking
Mr Tay went on to say that perhaps it is time to have an official ruling whereby all bicycles in Singapore are to be registered.
He argued that enforcing a small visible license plate on every bicycle would allow cyclists to be identified in cases of accidents, conflict, or rule-breaking.
Mr Tay added that such registration should be free, and insurance, if any, should be minimal and not subjected to excessive profit-making by the insurance companies.
“In case some cyclists are raging for me to be hanged for daring to infringe on their freedoms, let me just say that I am also a cyclist, so whatever I am humbly suggesting here, I will also be subjected to,” he expressed.
Mr Tay concluded his post saying, “Then why risk the possible wrath? Because I just want our roads to be a safer place for us all. Regardless of how many wheels you might have.”