How Singapore could further improve road safety, from safer bus rides to higher fines for the rich

Dozens of suggestions were made on this topic in Parliament during the second reading of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill on Monday last week. While several creative ideas were mooted, how feasible are they and, more importantly, would they work? Fabian Koh and Charmaine Ng take a closer look at some of these suggestions.

SBS Transit's 3,000 buses are fitted with the Mobileye driver assistance system, which warns of impending collisions. The accident rate for SBS Transit buses has since dropped by 20 per cent.
SBS Transit's 3,000 buses are fitted with the Mobileye driver assistance system, which warns of impending collisions. The accident rate for SBS Transit buses has since dropped by 20 per cent. ST FILE PHOTO
Dealers have dismissed the idea of rebates for installing safety features in cars, as they cannot add the features on their own. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Dealers have dismissed the idea of rebates for installing safety features in cars, as they cannot add the features on their own. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A suggestion to peg fines to the value of the offending driver's car has drawn mixed reactions, with some calling the move discriminatory. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A suggestion to peg fines to the value of the offending driver's car has drawn mixed reactions, with some calling the move discriminatory. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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The accident rate for SBS Transit buses has dropped by 20 per cent since the company adopted technology that alerts drivers to impending collisions.

All of the company's 3,000 buses are now fitted with the advanced driver assistance system called Mobileye.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2019, with the headline How Singapore could further improve road safety. Subscribe