The Straits Times
Published on Jan 28, 2013

Do more to stop eating, drinking in buses


OF LATE, I have witnessed more passengers eating and drinking in our air-conditioned public buses.

There is adequate signage on the buses to say that eating and drinking are not allowed, yet passengers sometimes pay no heed to these signs.

Several times, I have told such passengers politely that they should not eat or drink in the bus.

Very often, I get a cold stare and sometimes, a grunt or a grumble in return. On one or two occasions, I was told to mind my own business.

It is obvious that food eaten in an air-conditioned bus gives off a smell.

While some passengers tolerate it, I have noticed others changing their seats to move away from the smell.

The bus driver does not normally intervene when such indiscretions occur.

Can I, as a passenger, alert the driver if another passenger refuses to stop eating or drinking?

There is the possibility that arguments may break out, so I hope SMRT and SBS Transit would comment and suggest measures to improve the situation.

V. Subramaniam (Dr)