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More CCTVs on buses, more full-day bus lanes: LTA

From June, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce a series of measures to enhance the bus priority scheme.

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Thursday (May 29) said it will introduce a series of enhancements to improve the effectiveness of the bus priority scheme.

To ensure that bus lanes remain clear during restricted hours, LTA will expand the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on buses from June 1. The cameras continuously monitor the roads in front of the buses and record on video any motorists who infringe the bus lanes.

To date, more than 3,300 existing buses have been equipped with CCTV, the agency said.

According to the LTA, 1,560 motorists in 2013 were caught on CCTV driving on bus lanes during restricted hours. This is an improvement from 2008, when 2,112 motorists were caught on CCTV.

From June 16, full-day bus lanes at seven selected locations – Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, Hill Street, Victoria Street, Kallang Road, Sims Avenue (between Kallang Road and Sims Way) and Geylang Road (between Sims Way and Kallang Road) – will feature new road markings , which will include the bus lane operation hours as a reminder to motorists.

The LTA will also expand the Mandatory Give Way to Buses Scheme at bus stops. By the end of this year, a total of about 300 bus stops island-wide will be covered under the scheme.

There were 1,883 cases of motorists failing to give way to buses under the scheme in 2013, a decline of more than 40 per cent from the 3,325 offences in 2009, LTA said.

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