The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

Don't pre-empt deliberations on fare review


THE Government should not pre-empt deliberations or influence the ongoing fare review by hinting at bus fare increases ("Bus fares may go up to help improve drivers' pay"; yesterday).

With a poor record of reliability, and in the light of recent transport disruptions, I wonder how the public is going to accept fare increases without a corresponding increase in service levels.

To the question by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew about where the money for higher drivers' pay would come from, I suggest that we start by cutting the remuneration of top management and board members, given SMRT's dismal performance in serving the public.

Pay cuts at the top should be applied first instead of passing the bill on to commuters.

Having a committee review fares may seem pointless if the relevant minister and the Government Parliamentary Committee chairman have already made public their views.

Lim Boon Hee (Dr)