13 Jul '11, 9pm

Voices: How is fare hike justified when

I am dismayed that the transport operators are seeking an increase in public transport fares, especially when these were adjusted last year. I am more appalled that SBS Transit and SMRT have applied for the maximum increase of 2.8 per cent for all rail and bus fares. "Uncontrollable" and "significant" costs pressures have been cited as reasons. Yet SMRT's and SBS Transit's net profits last year stood at a healthy S$161.1 million and S$54.3 million respectively, despite a marginal drop of 0.6 per cent to 1.1 per cent. Is it justifiable for them to seek a fare increase when fares have risen steadily since 2007, bar 2009 when fares were reduced slightly due to the recession? I can understand that due to inflation and other factors, a business has to raise prices to maintain their profit margin. However, since public transportation is a public good, the industry has to be bett...

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