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LTA fines SMRT $1.6 million for disruptions, SBS Transit hit with $50,000 penalty

Published on Jul 21, 2014 5:00 PM
 
Train services were disrupted along the North-South Line at around 8.11am on 20 January 2014, due to a train breakdown near Ang Mo Kio Station. Rail operators SMRT and SBS Transit will been fined $1.6 million and $50,000 respectively for disruptions on their MRT lines. -- PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - Rail operators SMRT and SBS Transit will been fined $1.6 million and $50,000 respectively for disruptions on their MRT lines.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday it will fine SMRT $400,000 and $900,000 for two safety breaches on the East-West Line in October last year and January this year in which trains passed a red signal light when they should have stopped, thus damaging the track and disrupting service.

SMRT also faces a $200,000 fine for a 40-minute disruption on the North-South Line in January, and another fine of $100,000 for a 50-minute disruption in May.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said SMRT had failed "to comply with established procedures and processes". The $900,000 fine is the second-highest ever single fine imposed on an operator, after two massive breakdowns in December 2011 saw SMRT receiving two fines of $1 million.

 
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