Small bus companies rushing to retrofit vehicles with seat belts before LTA deadline
- POSTED: 17 Dec 2013 21:04
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Small bus companies that have not installed seat belts in their vehicles are rushing to do so by the end of the year, ahead of a December 31 deadline by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
SINGAPORE: Small bus companies that have not installed seat belts in their vehicles are rushing to do so by the end of the year, ahead of a December 31 deadline by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
LTA had announced in 2008 the requirement for small buses that ferry school children to have forward-facing seats, and be fitted with seat belts as part of safety regulations.
The authority said that all small buses registered before April 2009 have already been retrofitted with seat belts, but not all the buses that were registered after 2009 have done so.
LTA had sent out a reminder to bus companies in November 2013 to get their buses retrofitted with seat belts by the end of this year.
Some bus operators said their passenger capacity will be affected by this.
Aman Ali, a bus driver, said: "Before I fixed the seat (with seat belts), I can ferry about 12-13 passengers... But (after installing seat belts) for safety reasons, now I can ferry about nine passengers."
And workshops that are carrying out the retrofitting are also working longer hours to meet the increased demand.
Cynthia Tan, a workshop employee at Aim Heng Car Service, said: "We are working six days a week, from 9am to 6pm. But to cater to the needs of the vehicles coming in for appointment purposes, we are extending our working hours by another two to three hours, to about 8pm or 9pm."