Four more wheelchair-friendly bus services to be introduced by SMRT on Sept 29

SMRT bus driver Machap Simakarupm helping Mr Patrick Ang to board the bus. SMRT is introducing wheelchair-friendly buses on four more bus services, bringing the total number of wheelchair-accessible bus services run by the operator to 38. -- TNP FILE
SMRT bus driver Machap Simakarupm helping Mr Patrick Ang to board the bus. SMRT is introducing wheelchair-friendly buses on four more bus services, bringing the total number of wheelchair-accessible bus services run by the operator to 38. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SMRT is introducing wheelchair-friendly buses on four more bus services, bringing the total number of wheelchair-accessible bus services run by the operator to 38.

From Sept 29 onwards, 30 such buses will be added to bus services 178, 853, 904 and 947.

SMRT in a statement on Monday said that bus captains have been trained to assist passengers using wheelchairs. They will ensure that the passenger's seatbelt is fastened and the wheelchairs are secured before the bus moves off. They will also help to tap the passengers' ez-link card. Bus captains will also stow a ramp - which is manually-activated for persons in wheelchairs to get on and off the bus - to its original position before opening the front door for other passengers to board.

Passengers may contact SMRT customer relations at 1800-336-8900 on weekdays (excluding public holidays) from 7.30am to 6.30pm or visit www.smrt.com.sg for more information.