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Offences with or without offer of composition

Depending on the nature of your traffic or regulatory offence, you will have to either pay a fine or attend court. Refer to the following to find out more, and what you need to do if you are charged.

If you have committed a traffic offence, you will be issued a traffic ticket notice or notice from a prosecuting agency such as the:

A traffic offence is considered minor if there is an offer of composition stated on the traffic ticket notice (1) or notice (2) you receive. This is the sum of money (also known as a composition fine) you will have to pay to settle the ticket or notice without going to court.

View a sample of a traffic offence notice.

You can pay the amount stated by NETS or credit card at AXS kiosks located island-wide, on the AXS website or through the AXS app. This action of paying the composition fine is also known as compounding an offence.

Failing to compound your offence

You should compound your offence before the expiry date of your offer of composition. If you fail to do this, you will have to attend Night Court on the time and date stated on the same traffic ticket or notice to answer to the charges against you.

If you are convicted by the court, the fine imposed will generally be higher than the amount offered for composition. The court may potentially also impose some other punishments. It is therefore in your interest to:

  • Check with the prosecuting agency from which you received the traffic ticket or notice for more information about your offence and the offer of composition.
  • Compound your offence early.
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You can plead guilty electronically (3) and pay a court fine for certain prescribed offences (4) instead of attending court, if your offer of composition has expired.

This must be done through the Automated Traffic Offence Management System (ATOMS) at a AXS kiosk by 5pm on the court date stated in your ticket or notice.

If you have committed a regulatory offence, you will be issued a notice (2) from a prosecuting agency such as the:

A regulatory offence is considered minor if there is an offer of composition stated on the notice you receive. This is the sum of money (also known as a composition fine) you will have to pay to settle the ticket or notice without going to court.

You can pay the amount stated by NETS or credit card at AXS kiosks located island-wide, on the AXS website or through the AXS app. This action of paying the composition fine is also known as compounding an offence.

Failing to compound your offence

You should compound your offence before the expiry date of your offer of composition. If you fail to do this, you will have to attend Night Court at the time and date stated on the same notice to answer to the charges against you.

If you are convicted in court, the fine imposed will generally be higher than the amount offered for composition. The court may potentially also impose some other punishments. It is therefore in your interest to:

  • Check with the prosecuting agency from which you received the notice for more information about your offences and the offer of composition.
  • Compound your offence early.

If you have committed a traffic or regulatory offence and there is no offer of composition on your notice (2) or summons (5), you are required to attend Night Court or Traffic Court. The same notice or summons will state the date, time and which court you are required to attend.

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Composition is offered by the prosecuting agencies, at their discretion or according to their policies. Some reasons why you are not offered composition may include:

  • The facts in your case are more serious compared to your friend’s case.
  • You had previously compounded or been convicted of a similar case.
  • You had previously been offered composition for this case but you did not act on it and the offer of composition has since lapsed or been withdrawn.

    You may wish to contact the prosecuting agency for further information.

This can be due to:

  • Composition not being offered for the case.
  • Composition offered for the case has expired or has been withdrawn.
  • Composition cannot be made via the AXS system, but only at the prosecuting agency’s office.

As composition is offered by the prosecuting agencies, you may wish to approach them to discuss if they are agreeable to allow you to pay the composition in instalments.

Before submitting your appeal (also known as making representations), you should check with the prosecuting agency on the following:

  • The preferred mode of submitting your representations.
  • The postal or e-mail address your representations should be sent to (where applicable).
  • Whom the representations should be addressed to (where applicable).

    You may then include your reasons or circumstances with supporting documents (if any) in your representations. Bring a copy of your representations along on the day of your court hearing, together with the acknowledgement (if any) by the prosecuting agency of its receipt of the representations.

You need to log on to the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS). You will need a SingPass account to login to ICMS.



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