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45 relief drivers mobilised to cover SMRT bus routes

Published on Dec 1, 2012 4:41 PM
File photo of a SMRT bendy bus. -- PHOTO: WOO FOOK LEONG

Forty-five drivers with valid Class 4 licences have been mobilised to help meet the shortfall of bus drivers at transport operator SMRT.

These relief drivers will be given a week of training to familiarise themselves with the routes and the buses before hitting the roads.

Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo said on Saturday that it would take two to three months before SMRT will be able to recruit permanent drivers to replaced the 34 drivers the company has lost this week.

About 5 per cent of the company's bus routes will be affected and commuters may experience a slightly longer waiting time, added Mrs Teo.

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