Railways (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 44/1966

Read the first time on 26th October 1966.
An Act to amend the Railways Ordinance (Chapter 110 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Railways (Amendment) Act, 1966, and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
Amendment of section 17
2.  Section 17 of the Railways Ordinance is hereby amended by inserting immediately after subsection (5) thereof the following new subsection: —
(6)  (a)  The Minister may, subject to such conditions as he deems fit to impose, declare that the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall not apply to such crossings as are specified in the declaration and thereupon the railway administration shall be relieved of the obligations under the said subsections in respect of the said crossings. Such declaration shall be published in the Gazette.

(b)Where any such declaration has been made the railway administration shall erect warning boards alongside of the public carriage road and whistle-signals upon the railway at suitable distances from such level crossings, and the driver of every locomotive engine shall sound the whistle of his engine in accordance with such signals before the engine crosses the road.

(c)The railway administration shall not be liable for death or injury caused to any person or for damage to any property by the passage of any locomotive engine or any other rolling stock attached thereto across the public carriage road at such level crossings unless it is proved that the driver of the locomotive engine did not sound the whistle of his engine in accordance with the signals.

(d)For the purposes of this subsection “locomotive engine” includes any vehicle used upon the railway which is drawn or propelled by any motive power.”.