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Strange configuration in new SMRT buses

By SYF77 on 19 Jun 2011

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On a Saturday afternoon, I was on the way to attend my friendís wedding lunch and boarded Bus 61, which will bring me to Eunos MRT. As usual, the bus wasnít crowded at this hour and I managed to find myself a seat at the back. It was a new bus with nicely padded seat.

I was feeling quite cold with the air-con vent blowing cold air side way onto my face, together with the fact that a heavy downpour occurred during the pre-dawn hours. I was hoping that I could turn off the air-con vent but after close examination, I realized that there was no avenue which I could do so.

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I looked at the air-con vent of the seat in front and noticed that it was slightly different from mine Ė it has a nob in which the passenger could turn to cut off or reduce the air flow (see photo below). I thought that my air-con vent was faulty but on further examination, the nob is available on alternate air-con vents.

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I think it is quite strange for SMRT to adopt such configuration on their new buses. They should either allow all seated passengers to adjust the air-con vent or none at all. After all, all passengers paid the same fare, why allow some passengers to have more privileges than others?

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Kangadrool Jun 19 2011 08:22 PM
Safety issues. On raining days, many people will turn off. So, imagine all turning the aircon vents off...

Think it's a wise move for them to alternate the "switch".
Ilmw Jun 20 2011 09:47 AM
Kangadrool is correct; this is to prevent the possibility that all vents are closed.

My grip is actually, why can't there be some intelligence and use some thermostat? We boast that we've looong bus, euro-V compliant bus, lower-step bus, but where is a simple climate control?

"Lower-step" benefits how many percent of the ridership?
Climate control benefits how many percent of the ridership?
Watwheels Jun 20 2011 10:29 AM
I think the aircon diffusers are designed by the bus manufacturer. What can SMRT do?
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