Public Prosecutor v Sim Ju Kuan

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeRonald Gwee Tiong Kee
Judgment Date22 March 2005
Neutral Citation[2005] SGDC 72
Citation[2005] SGDC 72
Published date29 March 2005
Plaintiff CounselLua Bee Hin (LTA)
Defendant CounselAccused in person

22 March 2005

District Judge Ronald Gwee

1. The accused, Sim Ju Kuan (“Sim”), pleaded guilty to 4 charges relating to a motor lorry, licence number YG 8679 G (“lorry”). In summary, the 4 charges stated that Sim had used the lorry after the registration of the lorry had been cancelled, and when there was no valid vehicle licence and no requisite insurance coverage for the lorry, and had as the director of Luxuriant Landscape Nursery Pte Ltd (“Luxuriant”) kept the lorry for which there was no valid vehicle licence.

2. Sim understood the nature of the charges he faced. He pleaded guilty to the 4 charges and understood the nature and consequences of his plea. The Statement of Facts (“SOF”) was read out to Sim. Sim admitted to the facts in the SOF without qualification. I convicted Sim of the 4 charges, on his plea of guilt. The Prosecution stated that Sim had no antecedents. After hearing Sim’s mitigation plea, I imposed a fine of $600 for each of the 4 charges. In addition, as I found that there were no “special reasons” shown in Sim’s case, I was compelled to impose a disqualification order against Sim for the 3rd charge. The 3rd charge was for failing to have the requisite insurance coverage as required by the Motor Vehicles (Third-Party Risks and Compensation) Act (“MV Act”), an offence punishable under Section 3(2) of the MV Act. Section 3(3) of the MV Act provides that a person convicted of an offence under that section “shall (unless the court for special reasons thinks fit to order otherwise and without prejudice to the power of the court to order a longer period of disqualification) be disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence under the Road Traffic Act (Cap. 276) for a period of 12 months from the date of the conviction”.

3. The court has the power to order a longer period of disqualification. Once the court finds that no special reasons had been shown, a minimum period of 12 months had to be considered. The tariff period of disqualification for a conviction under Section 3 of the MV Act is between 12 to 18 months, for a first offender, pleading guilty at the mentions stage. After considering all the circumstances, and Sim’s mitigation plea, I ordered that Sim be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of 15 months. Sim filed a Notice of Appeal, against only the disqualification order.

4. The SOF stated that the complainant was SSgt Tan Jit Cheng, attached to the Enforcement Unit of the Land Transport...

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