On top of the bus only green lights, normal and full-day bus lanes and the pilot to test the proposed “Give way to buses” scheme at three locations in Singapore earlier in the year, the LTA has just released news that they will be extending the scheme to 15 more bus bays come Christmas and island-wide over the coming two year.
That’ll temporarily bring the grand total of bays with this accident-causing, revenue-generating (primarily through fines) scheme to 41!
But really what baffles me is the fact that to conclude that the pilot was successful, they only restricted their poll to 200 bus commuters, of which 96% said they noticed the difference. But what about the other motorists who have to slow down and stop giving way for the buses? And putting up with the fact that a good portion of bus drivers don’t signal when moving off, making it so much harder for us drivers to predict whether we are clear to go or not.
So in the event that a bus recklessly exits the bay causing me to brake hard before the line, the car behind me wouldn’t be able to stop in time. And already quite a number of testimonies of these accidents are surfacing on popular forums like MCF and the ever popular Stomp website.
Ridiculous! Surely I can see the benefit to the public transport commuters but has the LTA even considered the problems and inconveniences being caused to the motoring public? So now driving from A to B will inevitably take long won’t it? Especially if you get those three bus combo’s, with all of them exiting one after another.
There has to be a problem with the system. LTA initially said earlier in the year that they would be introducing 180 of such bus bays from June 2009, but they seem to have put it off till now. Why the put off? Reasons could vary but one can’t deny the fact that there could be too many problems with this in the first place for them to sort.
If they wanted to improve traffic flow I suggest they relook the amount of roadworks all over the island, clogging up the roads they’re on. As usual we can’t expect any of our opinions to be heard and considered so do get used to the changes.
If not you’re looking at a $180 fine!