Boost safety on tour buses

The recent tour bus crash en route to Singapore from Genting Highlands is a grim reminder to holiday-makers heading to Malaysia not to take safety for granted ("Tour bus overturns after hitting road divider"; Sept 1).

I have taken tour buses to West Malaysia on many occasions. The buses may look sturdy, but they are still handled by human hands, where judgment can be impaired and errors can result.

I have observed that many Singaporeans are not in the habit of securing their seat belts on board tour buses.

The travel association of Singapore should work with its counterpart in Malaysia to come up with procedures on travel safety.

Ticketing agents can enhance safety by reminding passengers to buckle up while buses are in motion.

The year-end holiday will see a surge in the number of Singaporeans heading north, and it is imperative that all necessary precautions are taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for all.

Bennie Cheok

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2016, with the headline 'Boost safety on tour buses'. Print Edition | Subscribe