SINGAPORE: Train operators can be fined up to S$1 million if they breach train loading standards.
Operators are required to keep within the regulatory limit of 1,600 passengers per six-car train, or 800 passengers per three-car train. Otherwise, they can be fined under the Rapid Transit System Act.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew revealed this in a written reply to Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, Er Dr Lee Bee Wah, who had concerns on over-crowding in public transport.
Mr Lui said operators must comply with Operating Performance Standards for train loading.
Mr Lui stressed that commuter safety is paramount in running our system. He said the regulatory limits are set well below the safety limit of trains, which are designed to carry around 1,900 commuters per six-car train.
He added that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is keeping a close watch on passenger loading along the busier stretches of the rail network.
He added that LTA is working with operators to proactively manage the crowding situation.