Private bus drivers to face fines, jail for touting their services

SINGAPORE - Private bus drivers caught touting their transport services can be fined or imprisoned under new regulations which will kick in on Jan 1, 2015.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday that this will "support LTA's continued effort in protecting consumers from uninvited commercial solicitation".

If convicted under the Road Traffic Rules, errant drivers can be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced up to three months in jail.

LTA said that holders of the Bus Driver's Vocational Licence (BDVL) will be informed in writing of the new regulations and penalty framework. A BDVL is required for those who drive private hire buses, excursion buses and school buses.

The public can call 1800-CALL LTA (1800-2255 582) or give feedback to LTA at www.lta.gov.sg if they notice any bus touting activities.