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Bus reliability scheme shifts responsibility for overcrowded buses to PTOs: NSP

Published on Jan 10, 2014 3:09 PM
 
Commuters boarding an SMRT bus near Clementi MRT station. A new incentive-and-penalty scheme to improve bus service reliability appears to shift the responsibility for overcrowded buses to public transport operators and drivers, said the National Solidarity Party on Friday, Jan 10, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A new incentive-and-penalty scheme to improve bus service reliability appears to shift the responsibility for overcrowded buses to public transport operators (PTOs) and drivers, said the National Solidarity Party (NSP) on Friday.

This may cause passengers' safety to be compromised, it added in a statement on the Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) announced on Monday.

NSP secretary-general Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss called for more immediate solutions, saying: "The BSRF scheme seems to shift the responsibility for this problem onto the PTOs and the bus drivers - as if the problem of over-crowding in our public buses can be solved by getting bus drivers to be more punctual."

The scheme seeks to minimise excess waiting time (EWT), an indicator which measures the difference between actual and scheduled waiting times.

 
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