Improve signals to make drivers' intentions clearer

I fully support the implementation of full-day bus lanes to make it easier for buses to run more efficiently and be able to meet a tight schedule ("Full-day bus lane hours to be extended"; March 9).

However, putting the two Orchard Road bus stops without bus bays on the Mandatory Give Way to Buses scheme is not ideal and could be confusing.

Smooth traffic and safe driving rest on the ability of drivers to anticipate the intentions of other drivers, so that they do not need to do anything abruptly.

To do this, a driver must have clear signals on the intentions of other drivers.

I suggest that buses be fitted with an additional light next to the amber signal light. For instance, they could have an additional red arrow.

When the bus driver intends to move on and requires mandatory free passage, he can use the signal, and oncoming cars can slow down without stopping abruptly.

At the same time, the car driver must also signal to the bus driver that he is giving way. I suggest that this be in the form of flashing the high-beam light three times.

If this is done, there will be no need to designate special areas, and giving way can be applied throughout the island.

George Wong Seow Choon (Dr)