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New devices on SMRT buses for safer ride

Company has installed recorders that can track driving behaviour

Published on Aug 4, 2014 6:44 PM
Chief bus captain Koh Soon Teck driving an SMRT bus equipped with the new telematics technology (small black box on the right), which can alert drivers when they exceed speed limits or turn too sharply. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SMRT has installed recorders in buses to track if its drivers are speeding or driving recklessly.

The move to use the telematics devices is part of a broader plan to improve driver behaviour so commuters have a smoother and safer ride, said SMRT Buses vice-president Tan Kian Heong.

These devices track driving behaviour in real-time, and alert drivers when they have exceeded the 60kmh speed limit, accelerate or brake too abruptly and change lanes or take a turn too sharply.

Drivers who are consistently flagged will be called up and possibly sent for defensive driving sessions.

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