13 Dec '12, 9am

Fare increases needed to improve service to commuters, says Lui Tuck Yew

SINGAPORE: Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has said the purpose of public transport fare increases is not to boost the short-term profits of operators or just to improve bus drivers' salaries. Referring to his comments last week on how fares may go up to help raise drivers' salaries, Mr Lui said in a Facebook post on Thursday that increases are to improve service to commuters while keeping operations commercially viable. He said the government is fully committed to an affordable public transport system. To ramp up capacity and bring about further improvements in service in the public transport system, Mr Lui said more bus drivers and higher salaries are required. And a concerted and sustained effort is needed to upgrade the profession - partly to attract more locals. Of the 7,500 bus drivers today, 57 per cent are locals. It's a sharp decline from six years ago, where it w...

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