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  1. Public transport fare hike: Adults to pay 10 to 11 cents more per journey from Dec 23 The Public Transport Council, which regulates bus and train fares, has granted an overall increase of 7 per cent as part of the 2023 fare review exercise. SINGAPORE: The latest bus and train fare increases will more than double from last year's hike, which means adult commuters will pay 10 to 11 cents more per journey, the Public Transport Council (PTC) said on Monday (Sep 18). The PTC, which is the Singapore regulator for public transport fares, announced an overall fare increase of 7 per cent following the annual fare review exercise. The fare hikes will take effect on Dec 23. The trend of sharper increases could potentially continue with the PTC again deferring a bulk of the fare adjustment quantum to future fare review exercises. This year's fare review exercise is the first under the new formula announced in April, which the PTC had said was aimed at keeping fares affordable and less volatile. As part of the review - conducted every five years - the fare formula was adjusted to include two fixed components to reduce swings in fare changes. Adult card fares will increase by 10 cents for up to 4.2km and 11 cents for distances above that, while adult cash fares - used for bus rides - will increase by 20 cents. Adult monthly travel passes will remain at S$128. The 11-cent increase is the highest, according to the PTC, which pointed out that 2019 also saw a 7 per cent increase in fares, but from a lower base. A lower increase will be implemented for concession card fares for students, seniors, low-wage workers and people with disabilities. Fares in this category will go up by 4 to 5 cents per journey, depending on the distance travelled. Concessionary cash fares for bus rides will increase by 10 cents. In all, commuters with concessions account for about two million, or half of Singaporeans. Heavy public transport users who belong to concessionary groups, such as students, seniors, and full-time National Servicemen, will see prices of hybrid monthly concession passes reduced by 10 per cent. The price of monthly concession passes for people with disabilities will be reduced from S$64 to S$58, similar to that of seniors. Lower-wage workers will be able to use a new workfare transport hybrid monthly concession pass priced at S$96. BULK OF FARE ADJUSTMENT DEFERRED TO FUTURE EXERCISES The fare increase for the fare review exercise 2022 was 2.9 per cent, with adult card fares increasing by 4 to 5 cents per journey. This year's increase of 7 per cent is only a portion of the maximum allowable fare adjustment quantum of 22.6 per cent, comprising of last year's deferred increase of 10.6 per cent and this year's 12 per cent. PTC chair Janet Ang said that the council had decided not to grant the full allowable fare adjustment of 22.6 per cent to keep public transport fares affordable in the higher cost environment, fueled by core inflation, strong wage growth, and a hike in energy prices. The increase of 7 per cent means that the remaining 15.6 per cent will be deferred to future fare review exercises. "If we had done the full maximum allowable fare increase of 22.6 per cent, it will translate to about 30 cents per journey for all commuters," PTC chief executive Tan Kim Hong told reporters at a press conference on Monday. Asked if the rolled-over numbers indicated more fare hikes in the next few years, Mr Tan said: "Yes." He added: "What is important is over the next few years - how does the council then decide what is the number that we should put up where by it still balances both the commuters and the taxpayers?" The council was also asked what the maximum allowable increase would have been if the old fare formula from 2018 to 2022 had been applied. Mr Tan replied that the old formula should not be used due to the current operating environment, which has changed. "The formula itself has been updated this year to reflect the latest operating environment. "You should not look back into the past formula, because the past formula itself was designed based on the operating environment, which has changed drastically." For example, Mr Tan said ridership has yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels, which would have affected the capacity component - known as the network capacity factor - of the old formula. The network capacity factor tracks operating costs due to network capacity changes relative to ridership. It has been replaced by a capacity adjustment factor in the new formula, and has been fixed at 1.1 per cent for the next five years to reduce variability resulting from capacity and ridership changes. Reiterating Mr Tan's point, Ms Ang said: "If you really go and calculate based on the old formula, the number will be out of the chart. Therefore, it validates again that the new fare formula law is intended to reduce the volatility of fare increases for commuters." To cover the deferred fare adjustment quantum, the PTC requested that the government provide an additional subsidy of about S$300 million for this year's fare review exercise - higher than the S$200 million provided after last year's fare review exercise. The government has agreed to this subsidy, said PTC. In tandem with the higher fare increase, the PTC will also require operators SBS Transit and SMRT Trains to make a larger contribution towards the Public Transport Fund. For this year, SBS Transit and SMRT Trains should contribute 15 per cent and 30 per cent of their expected increase in revenue respectively to the fund. This will come up to a total of S$15.85 million. The PTC has recommended that the government draw on the fund to provide further assistance to the lower-income resident households in the form of public transport vouchers. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/mrt-bus-fare-increase-10-11-cents-public-transport-council-3779086
  2. https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/stories-behind-23-year-old-inspired-godmother-bus-driver-1988991 Nothing against bus driver but what would u think if that is your son.
  3. We all have relied / are relying on public transportation to get around our sunny little island. For most of us, before getting that driving license, the 2 door Mercedes (front door+back door ) used to be our mode of transport growing up. Was reading up on the different types of public buses in Sg and realised that we used to have a much less homogeneous range of public buses in the past, so I'm just posting a few to bring back memories and keep them alive! Do feel free to add on and share your fond memories of the buses in your life, and the memories associated with them :) Mods please merge if there's a similar thread thanks, tried to find but can't 1. Starting with my fav, which I have taken alot (being a 90s kid) : Mercedes-Benz O405 This was used by both SBS(1989-2011) and SMRT(1994-2016) in various body types: TIB832Z, Hispano Carrocera Bodywork (last SMRT O405, retired in sep 2016) SBS O405, Duple Metsec bodywork 2. Volvo B57, introduced by SBS in 1979-1983 (New Zealand Motor Body) These ran till 1996, and was one of the common sights in the 80s and early 90s 3. Albion Viking EVK41L , in the 1970s when SBS was first formed Some units were first registered as early as 1967 onwards under the Hock Lee bus company, ran till 1987/88 before it left sg roads 4. Mercedes-Benz OF1413 ,1967 onwards source for above pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnoram/6073688117 Ran till around 1993, early buses were first registered from 1967 under the Green Bus Company 5. Leyland Atlantean AN68/2R , 1977 onwards Ran till 2001, one of the first few double decker buses introduced in Sg, one in the pic is with Alexander L bodywork, registered sometime in 1982-1984
  4. This uncle used multiple years worth of luck to come out of this alive, let alone (seemingly) uninjured. Watch the video to see what I’m talking about.. What happened? On 12 March 2023 (yeah, i don't know why we’re only seeing this now), a bus driver in Malaysia plowed into a bunch of vehicles on a crowded road. In the footage taken from a camcar that was also in the accident, the bus clearly took a long time to stop, as there was the sound of braking before the bus came into view. When the bus did come into view, we can see multiple vehicles were being pushed by the bus. This made a sort of battering ram that hit other cars on the road as the bus struggled to reach a halt. The aftermath was an absolutely crushed blue car, a few mangled sedans and a Toyota Estima with half its front bumper detached. There were also a few men yelling at the bus driver while the footage showed the wreckage. Speaking of the crushed blue car, the video shows an old uncle helped up by the authorities and placed on a stretcher. The uncle was apparently inside the blue car, though it is unknown if he was the only person. How they pulled him out of there I have no idea. Furthermore, his clothes look pristine. It is unknown what led to the accident, whether brake failure or neglect on the bus driver’s part. Online chatter People speculated on how the uncle survived the accident considering the state of the car, believing it was good karma repaid for this incident or divine intervention. ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  5. Volvo is pretty renowned for how safe their cars are. The brand’s models qualify for the highest possible safety rating from the IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety) and there's tons of airbags to protect the car's occupants no matter the point of impact. Nonetheless, this driver’s behaviour still isn’t advisable. What happened? On 1st May at Thomson Road, a camcar was minding their own business when a Volvo V40 tried to merge from a minor road to the major road that the cam car is on. It is unclear what was the Volvo driver’s thinking process but it had to be influenced by something (probably starting with A) in order to think this was a good idea. The Volvo driver went across not one, not two, but three lanes before stopping just in time to avoid kissing the wall and expensive repairs. According to the Facebook post, a bus also needed to jam brakes along with the camcar. It’s a shame there’s no audio in the footage because I know it’d be colorful. The Volvo then drove off without a word, but likely with stained pants. Online chatter Once again, the standards of our driving school are called into question. Others asked if the driver had a license at all. ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  6. [Not in SG] Saw this on Straits Times. Bus driver was having a medical issue. Told the kids over the intercom that she will be pulling over but unfortunately passed out before she could do so. 13 year old kid senses something amiss and reacted swiftly to save all lives on the bus. News media from other countries type long paragraphs to sing praises of this kid. Singaporeans? "Zai." One word to describe the kiddo. 😂 Kid must have watched Keanu Reeves in the movie Speed while growing up. Super impressive.
  7. Bus, train fares to increase by up to 5 cents due to rising energy costs: Public Transport Council From Dec 26, adult card fares will increase by 4 cents for journeys of up to 8.2km. For journeys longer than 8.2km, fares will increase by 5 cents. SINGAPORE: Bus and train fares in Singapore will increase by up to 5 cents from Dec 26 due to rising energy prices, the Public Transport Council (PTC) announced on Wednesday (Oct 12) after its annual fare review exercise. Adult card fares will increase by 4 cents for journeys of up to 8.2km and 5 cents for journeys longer than 8.2km. This means that an MRT journey from Boon Lay to Clementi, where the distance is 8.2km, will be S$1.45 for adult commuters, up from S$1.41 currently. Taking the MRT from HarbourFront to Paya Lebar, where the distance is 11.5km, will cost S$1.64, up from S$1.59. Based on travel data, about 54 per cent of adult journeys are less than 8.2km, said the PTC. The increase in concession card fares will be capped at 1 cent per journey to keep fares lower for students, senior citizens, lower-wage workers and people with disabilities, said the PTC. Prices of monthly concession passes and adult monthly travel passes will remain unchanged. Bus cash fares will also stay the same, for the third year in a row since 2019. To help lower and lower-middle income households – those with a monthly household income per person of up to S$1,600 – the Government will give out 600,000 public transport vouchers worth S$30 each, which can be used to top up fare cards or buy monthly concession passes. RISING ENERGY, LABOUR COSTS The fare hike is necessary to meet rising energy prices, which rose by 117 per cent last year, the PTC said. Coupled with increased manpower costs and inflation, this led to a maximum allowable fare adjustment quantum of 13.5 per cent according to PTC’s fare adjustment formula. This is the highest quantum generated by the fare formula since it was implemented in 2005. However, the PTC said it decided to grant public transport operators a fare increase of just 2.9 per cent due to concerns over the rising cost of living. The remaining 10.6 per cent will be carried over to future fare review exercises. About 1.8 per cent of household income goes to public transport for an average user, according to the public transport affordability indicator, which is based on data from the Department of Statistics. With this year's fare hike, and taking into account average wage increases, the PTC said the monthly public transport expenditure for these households is expected to remain at a similar level. At a press conference on Wednesday, PTC chairperson Janet Ang said the council looks at both the economic situation as well as the percentage increase generated by the fare formula. “We will digest it together as a community,” she added. Transport Minister S Iswaran said in a Facebook post after the announcement that "fare adjustments are never easy". "To keep our public transport system financially sustainable, fares need to be updated to cover the increased costs," he wrote. The Government will cushion the impact with public transport vouchers, concession schemes and subsidies, and ensure that fares remain affordable especially for the vulnerable, he added. As of last month, public transport ridership has recovered to about 80 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, said the PTC. Last year, bus and train fares in Singapore increased by up to 4 cents, after the council decided to grant the maximum allowable fare adjustment quantum of 2.2 per cent to help operators mitigate the costs of running public transport services. This came amid rising operating costs and a drop in ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It marked the first fare increase since 2019, when fares were increased by 7 per cent, or 9 cents per journey, for adult commuters using travel cards. During its 2020 fare review exercise, the PTC decided against raising public transport fares due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the economy. CALCULATING FARE ADJUSTMENTS In August, the PTC announced that it was in the midst of reviewing the way bus and train fare adjustments are calculated. The review of the formula and mechanism for adjusting public transport fares is slated to be completed by the first half of next year. Any change will be applied from the 2023 fare review exercise. Typically conducted every five years, it aims to examine the effectiveness of the current fare adjustment formula and mechanism, taking into account changes in the public transport industry and commuting patterns. PTC also said then that it would propose means to better maintain the balance to keep public transport fares affordable while ensuring the financial sustainability of the public transport system. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/public-transport-fares-bus-train-increase-adult-5-cents-energy-costs-3003941 Merry Christmas !
  8. A 17 year old Malay teenager stole a private bus at Woodlands Industrial Park E3 yesterday morning at 9am and took the bus for a 155km joyride around Singapore - CCK, AMK, Toa Payoh, Yishun, Boon Lay, Whampoa, Telok Kurau, East Coast Park, Jurong East, Corporation Road, Kian Teck Road and Bukit Batok. An employee of the bus company only discovered the bus missing at 2pm. Luckily the bus has a GPS installed and the location of the bus tracked down very quickly. The bus was eventually recovered at a bus stop along Bukit Batok. . News from xin ming 17岁少年涉嫌偷窃私人巴士“环岛游”,驾了巴士6小时,全岛东西南北都走透透,从兀兰先后经过宏茂桥、东海岸、文礼、裕廊东等区,“环岛游”将近155公里,最终才在武吉巴督落网! 这起事件发生在昨早9时,地点是兀兰工业区E3的一家私人巴士车厂。涉嫌偷车案件的是一名17岁的马来少年。 据了解,少年早上9时从兀兰车厂出发,沿途经过义顺、宏茂桥、黄埔、直落古楼、东海岸公园大道、大巴窑、蔡厝港、文礼、顺利、武吉巴督、兀兰、裕廊东、建德路、企业路,并最终停靠在武吉巴督中路的巴士站。这旅程相信至少有155公里长。 记者联络上驾驶这辆巴士司机卓先生(55岁)。他告诉记者,他下午2时要出车到小印度发现巴士不翼而飞,于是立即通过全球定位系统(GPS)寻找巴士行踪。“我发现巴士在裕廊一带的建德路出现,和老板各自开着私家车找失窃巴士。” 完整报道,请翻阅09.03.2015《新明日报》 Real life GTA!
  9. TL;DR - A van slammed into a double decker bus on the expressway on a wet wet night. The vehicle skidded from the first to the third lane and got T-boned by an oncoming double-decker bus. At its most basic, a 'drift' is movement of a car along some direction other than its steered trajectory, involving a slip angle at one or both axles. Watch this 44-second clip to see how the van swerved from lane 1 to lane 3. What happened? Rainy weather usually sees more accidents due to the roads being slippery and vehicles can skid a lot easier. The van driver was speeding on lane 1 when s/he lost control of the vehicle and skidded, crashing into a double decker SBS Transit bus. It doesn’t take much IQ to know that rain = wet = slippery = dangerous. The van driver could’ve caused the lives of many, especially if there were commuters on the bus. Online Chatter Why is the van even on lane 1 a.k.a the fast lane when the other lanes are pretty clear? Perhaps s/he would’ve gotten less hate if it was on lane 2 since such vehicles have a road speed limit of 70km/h. And FYI, 70km/h is not meant to be on the fast lane! Tips for all drivers If it is raining cats and dogs, it is important to slow down, use your wipers and keep to the middle lane - side lanes always experience the most water splash! Oh, also make sure your car is in good condition to weather the storm - make sure your tires are not ‘botak’! ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  10. https://mothership.sg/2022/08/bus-captain-sleep-crash-jailed-yishun/ I find it kind of harsh to jail someone who's a shift worker for falling asleep on the road. While he is 100% to blame, I'm not sure I agree with a jail sentence for a mistake. Albeit it was pure luck, no one died or got badly hurt. A 9 hour minimum break. They have to drop the bus off at depot usually? Then take the shuttle back to mrt/pick up point. Then take public transport back to their own home. I mean unless they own scooters, the transit time alone is how long. Then waking up at 330 am to be in time to reach work by 530 am. That's if u work like a robot and do nothing else, a person still had family commitments etc. For us, we have no reason to fall asleep cos we can always plan our journeys or stop whenever we want to. Recently the airplane Ethiopian airlines case also. But at least that had two pilots. But come down to it, its a lapse caused by whatever situation. Whether a cockroach fell into your face, or u dropped hot coffee onto your crotch...
  11. Have you ever encountered one of the worst nightmares a driver could ever have? No, I'm not talking about cyclists or saman aunty... I mean, dashing pedestrians! You may think I am kidding, but I am not joking. One wrong move from them, and you could easily become a murderer. See this example here: 297064227_415562567214847_4853208197817188327_n.mp4 That was close. I'm sure we all gasped in shock seeing the lady step out of nowhere like that. In case you missed it, here are extra snapshots I compiled: Nothing there. Or so we thought. And a split second later: Boo! The nastiest shock of the cam car driver's life! Thank God the cam car driver did not collide with the jaywalking pedestrian. It didn't stop there, however. Here's the worst part - the pedestrian did not learn her lesson. She stubbornly attempted to dash out onto the unsuspecting incoming traffic yet again... My goodness, can you believe the sheer foolhardiness? The utter audacity. Instead of learning her lesson, she blatantly ignored what had almost transpired and decided to charge back in🤦‍♂️ Netizens weigh in Many commentators had some choice words to say. Yes, we too, are speechless. I am betting this isn't her first rodeo. Unpopular Opinion: The presence of the bus indirectly contributed to the near-miss accident, but you should always check your blind spots, pedestrian or driver! Yes, this person said what we were all thinking. SMH! Being mindful all day keeps the hospital bills away! For pedestrians, if you don't want to: 1) get a fright; and 2) be scolded online like this pedestrian did, always look left and right before you cross! ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news, and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  12. Camera footage has caught the scene of an insane 9 vehicle collision along the AYE. Consisting of SBS buses, lorries and trucks, all heavy vehicles. Watch the video for yourself below 292803191_725505348710288_827111803812174092_n.mp4 Hmmm I wonder what caused the root of the accident, perhaps one of the heavy vehicles jammed their breaks and the rest did not have sufficient time to follow suit? But, that would mean that 9 vehicles were tailgating one another! An SCDF ambulance was also caught seen on the road, perhaps to try and rescue and potentially injured individuals. Netizen Comments Netizens chime in with their own take of this shocking situation, many of which accusing the vehicles of engaging in ‘tailgating’, which is the act of driving too closely behind the vehicle, resulting in this chain collision No matter, I do hope that everybody involved in the accident is safe and did not sustain any permanent injuries. ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  13. Footage was caught on camera of the windshield of a yellow bus collapsing forward after just a simple brake, with debris, paper and glass shards falling on the road, potentially endangering anyone that might have been in the way. Watch the video for yourself below: 293001512_166587272542244_5218574210698973237_n.mp4 Thankfully, nobody seemed to have gotten hurt. The windshield of the bus collapsed insanely easily, almost like it was glued together with the UHU art glue we used in primary school. Someone certainly messed up in terms of the quality assurance of the vehicle. The glass shards could have easily resulted in permanent damage to either the driver or anybody on the road, and it is definitely a blessing that it didn’t Clearly, this vehicle was also probably not subjected to those routine preventive maintenance checks, or else this incident might have been prevented. Perhaps, the regulation for maintenance checks needs to be stricter and more frequent as well. Netizen Comments Netizens have expressed their concerns about the potential dangers that the damaged windshield could have caused as well as the poor quality of the vehicle’s components. Personally, I think that a complaint should be filed to the manufacturer of that particular bus. We might not be as lucky next time to prevent severe injuries from occuring. Severe lack in quality that’s for sure. ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news, and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  14. One common behaviour of motorcyclists is how they always tend to lane split while riding. Furthermore, these riders lane split regardless of their level of experience on the road. Watch how an inexperienced p-plate rider learn his lesson the hard way: What Happened? The accident occurred at the Punggol Exit of the TPE, involving a Go-Ahead bus and a p-plate rider along with his pillion. Many vehicles were forming up for a right turn at a traffic light when a p-plate rider decided to lane split his way to the front of traffic. Unfortunately, the inexperienced p-plate rider decided to position himself in the blind spot of the Go-Ahead bus captain. As a result, while the Go-Ahead bus captain was negotiating the right turn, he inevitably sideswiped the motorcycle, causing the rider and his pillion to fall. Luckily, the rider and his pillion did not seem to sustain any major injuries, as the impact of the collision was not great. I guess this will serve as a hard lesson for the p-plate rider to either avoid lane split from now on or be more careful when lane splitting. Is lane splitting safer for riders? Some riders argue that lane splitting is somehow "safer", While other motorists argue that it is dangerous and riders lane split for their mere convenience to skip traffic. However, I have yet to understand how lane-splitting makes riding "safer". Any experienced riders care to do me a favour and explain it in the comments below? Netizens' Comments This man speaks from personal experience☝️ The rider clearly WFH for too long liao. The rider was trying to attempt some next level shit! "Experience is a good school. But the fees are high." ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news, and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  15. Service 22 - Shortened to Eunos Interchange from AMK Interchange (Current Route: AMK to Tampines) Service 66 - Shortened to loop at Beauty World from Jurong East Interchange. No longer serve the eastern region (Current Route: JE to Bedok) Service 506 - Shortened to Serangoon Interchange from Jurong East Interchange. No longer serve the eastern region (Current Route: JE to Upper East Coast) In addition, Service 65 will be amended to ply Tampines Avenue 4, covering the deleted sectors of Service 22 The changes take effect from 12 December 2021 Forcing people to take DTL
  16. SINGAPORE — The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a contract totalling $1.03 billion for the Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun bus packages to Tower Transit Singapore (TTS). The five-year contract will start progressively from the second quarter of 2021. If TTS were to perform well over the period, the LTA has the option to extend the contract term by another two years thereafter. TTS currently operates the Bulim package, consisting of 29 bus services running from Bulim Depot. It will continue to manage Bukit Batok and Jurong East bus interchanges. The Sembawang-Yishun package, which is currently operated by SMRT Buses, consists of 27 bus services. These services will operate from the new Mandai Depot, which will be handed over to TTS by next month. TTS will also manage Sembawang and Yishun bus interchanges. The tender for the two bus packages was called on 29 November 2019 and bus operators had the option to bid for either bus package or for both packages. Affected SMRT employees of the Sembawang–Yishun bus package must be offered a job by the incoming operator, at employment terms that are not worse off than before the transition. Since the move to the bus contracting model, Singapore’s bus industry has benefited from the entry of two new operators, TTS and Go-Ahead Singapore, the LTA said. “This has created more job opportunities for bus workers and levelled up the industry, where the bus workforce now enjoys better working conditions as well as employment terms and conditions.” Meanwhile, National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU) Executive Secretary and Radin Mas MP Melvin Yong said NTWU will work closely with SMRT and TTS to ensure that all affected workers will have a smooth transition. “The Union is committed to work with the different public transport operators to take care of our bus workers and create a safe working environment for them.” https://sg.news.yahoo.com/tower-transit-singapore-awarded-1-b-deal-to-operate-bulim-sembawang-yishun-bus-packages-122556850.html Seems the bus services operated by SMRT getting lesser and lesser.
  17. SINGAPORE: An SMRT technician died on Sunday (Jun 6) after being pinned under a bus he was repairing. The technician and another worker were injured while repairing the mini-bus at the Automotive Services commercial repair centre at Ang Mo Kio depot on Sunday. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it received a call at about 9.45am for assistance at 6 Ang Mo Kio Street 62. SCDF took two people to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. One person had a serious head injury while the second person complained of chest pain, a spokesperson said. READ: Supervisor, worker die after collapsing in vessel's ballast tank "We are saddened that one of them, an Automotive Technical Officer, succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the hospital," said Mr Venkatesan P V, general manager of SMRT Automotive Services on Wednesday. "We have conveyed our deepest condolences to the staff’s family and are providing assistance and support at this very difficult time." He added that the company is giving care and support to the injured staff member, who has been discharged and is on medical leave. A stop-work order has been issued to the Automotive Services commercial repair centre at Ang Mo Kio Depot, while the other automotive workshops conducted a safety time-out. "We are assisting MOM and the Police with investigations," said Mr Venkatesan. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/workplace-deaths-smrt-workers-pinned-under-bus-wheel-loader-14978742
  18. Need a new chair for your home office but don't want a Secret Lab chair like most people do? Check out this very familiar-looking chair that you can now buy at a starting price of $100. Thanks to a local company that specialises in scrapping vehicles, you can now own a part of our public buses that have been prowling our roads for the last 10 or more years. The company, Kim Li Huat, posted this simple and sleek Volvo B9TL CDGE chair that has been blessed with a new base on their company's facebook page, saying that if you wish to buy in bulk, the price even can be lowered. For those who wonder where these seats came from, a quick search on the web showed that these Volvo buses have been plying on our roads for about 15 years (out of their 17-year statutory lifespan) and had their interior refreshed less than 3 years ago before they were taken out of service. Credits to landtransportguru for the info and photos.
  19. Do you know the story of David and Goliath? Well, if you don't, long story short, it's a story of a small boy who defeats a giant man with nothing but a slingshot. We have a Singapore version. Let's take a look at a short clip of a food delivery cyclist engaging in an argument with a bus driver driving a SBS bus. Unlike the David and Goliath story, no slingshots were used but, in true blue Singaporean fashion, lots of pointing and cursing ensued. This incident makes me think of the upcoming movie of Kong vs Godzilla (not a sponsored post. I really want to watch it though). The only difference? Both Kong and Godzilla are comparatively equal in size. This food delivery guy's bicycle pales in comparison to the bus to be frank. My take on this incident With all these dash cam cameras on the road these days, you're bound to end up online if you engage in such negative behaviour. So, what's the point in getting so worked up for? Lucky for the cyclist that this altercation was just a verbal one. Imagine if it had become physical. The internet would 'pang no chance' with this guy. Unfortunately, we cannot hear what the food delivery guy says to the bus driver. You can make your own assumptions but, from the body language, I'm quite sure it's a colourful conversation. "Thank you for giving way" 🤣 - They should put this sign next to the bus driver
  20. This design will encourage commuters to move to the rear. LTA to begin rolling out three-door double-deck buses in January These buses have a second staircase as well as an additional exit door at the rear, features aimed at improving the flow of commuters. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lta-to-begin-rolling-out-three-door-double-deck-buses-in-january-13937108
  21. I want to get this off my chest. Why do people not move back in the bus? As a frequent bus traveller, I want to explain why it is not so easy to move back. If you look at the below picture, you realise this is standard for SMRT buses. So why do people not move back? 1) With no space to put the foot under the chair, it is impossible for people to stand behind the other when standing at the back. Hence, people can only stand in a single file. Unless they are very small. 2) With the upraised end at the end, people cannot stand on it safely when the bus is in motion. From the outside, it does appear that the people do not move back. 3) With the curve at the back, it appears from outside that people are not standing closely to each other when in reality it is not always the case. It just appears that there is a distance between the standing passengers at the back. It is true there are inconsiderate jokers around but the design of the bus is not helping. Recommendations 1) Widen the standing space at the back 2) Have an overhead compartment like the tour buses so thart people can put their backpacks, haversacks and briefcases on it so that there will be more standing room overall. A lot of the space is taken up by the backpacks, school bags and so on. I am writing this to SMRT also but tot of posting it here as well. Will update on outcome
  22. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/school-bus-driver-jailed-locking-girl-van-without-ventilation-13903720 .... unbelievable.... Is that school bus driver crazy??? 10months jail.... should give him 2 years...
  23. First 10 electric double-decker buses hit the roads in Singapore source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/first-10-electric-double-decker-buses-hit-the-roads-in-spore Quieter, greener vehicles part of plan for all public buses to run on cleaner energy by 2040 Singapore has taken another step in its move to reduce the carbon footprint of public transport, with the deployment of the first 10 fully-electric double-decker buses yesterday. The buses will ply the roads on service 983 in Choa Chu Kang, service 189 in Bukit Batok and Clementi, and service 83 in Punggol and Sengkang, and may be redeployed to other bus routes later. The vehicles, supplied by the Chinese Yutong-Nari consortium, are said to be more environmentally friendly, quieter and more user-friendly than conventional buses that run on diesel. However, the new buses cost up to twice that of conventional diesel buses. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it hopes the cost will come down over time with changes in technology and wider adoption. At a formal unveiling of the buses yesterday, Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat said Singapore remains open to new technology and is "not in a rush" to commit to anyone technology or model. "We are doing it because it is better for the environment and this is an initial step to a greener future. We will have more options to choose from when technology progresses," he said. He added that there was no fixed sum that the Government had allocated to replace conventional diesel buses. "What we have done instead is to set ourselves a goal by 2040," he said. The plan is to have all of Singapore's 5,800 public buses run on cleaner energy by 2040. The 10 buses join 15 electric single-decker buses that have already been deployed between April and July.
  24. Who is right here? Is this mask legal?
  25. Most of us must be cursing and swearing when the alarm clock rang this morning, as the weather was perfect for sleeping in thanks to the morning thunderstorm. We have almost no doubt that the BMW driver in the following photos must be really angry with himself too! The following photos have been in circulation around social media platorms since the morning of 13 May 2020. Not much is known about the cause of the accident but the it did occur to us that this crash happened between Kallang Road and Geylang Road. The wet roads caused by the rain in the morning might have caused the BMW M2 Competition driver to lose control. With more than 400bhp going to the rear wheels, this is one very 'driftable' weapon...
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