SINGAPORE — Comedian and actor Gurmit Singh was fined S$800 and given a three-month driving ban on Tuesday (June 8) for speeding.
The 56-year-old, whose full name is Gurmit Singh Virk Chainchal Singh, pleaded guilty to a single charge under Section 63(4) of the Road Traffic Act.
He had clocked 131km/h while driving his Audi along Woodlands Avenue 12 towards Seletar Expressway on April 12 this year at about 9.30pm. This was 61km/h above the speed limit of 70km/h.
He appeared in court dressed in a dark grey dress shirt and blue disposable mask.
When a police prosecutor said the prosecution was seeking an order to disqualify him from driving, he said his wife had driven him to court, and that he hoped he could keep his licence and pay the fine.
“I know I drove fast but I have a story to tell… I was driving to get my son from his internship workplace and I noticed a flapping sound from the car,” Singh told District Judge Salina Ishak.
He added that he wanted his son to hear the sound but that it only “comes out at 100km/h”.
“I’m not saying I should drive at that speed on that street but it was just a short spurt. I don’t know how I clocked 131km/h. I’m not a reckless driver, it was just a one-off thing.
“But again, I realise I should not be driving so fast at that stretch of road,” he said.
When the judge said Singh could have put both his own and his son’s lives in danger, he responded: “I understand, Your Honour. I regret doing what I did.”