Fare increase acceptable if it goes to bus drivers
REPORTS have indicated that there are plans to increase bus fares in the coming year to cope with the increasing operating costs ("Bus fares may go up to help improve drivers' pay"; Dec 7).
Bus fares should go up only if the increase goes towards paying for a raise in the bus drivers' salaries. With the rising cost of living, it is only right that the bus drivers get a pay raise.
The job of a bus driver is not an easy one. Bus drivers do not enjoy a break in the long drive between bus terminals. They have to ensure the safety of the commuters as well as watch out for the traffic conditions on the road. They have to help the handicapped and the elderly board and alight from the bus when necessary. Additionally, they are required to answer a commuter's questions effectively if the commuter is unsure of his destination.
Given these factors, I believe that bus fares should increase, but only if it goes towards higher bus driver salaries.