27 Jul '11, 7am

A JC2 student's frustrations with our public transport.

A JC2 student's frustrations with our public transport.

The recent call for fare adjustments of 2.8% by the public transport operators is definitely not justifiable. One of the reasons I believe that fares should remain status quo for now is because the transport operators are hiring more foreign drivers than locals , which means that even if fuel costs have increased the transport operators would be able to off-set that increase with lesser manpower costs. In addition, public transport is a public good and so should not be profit-oriented. Yes, public transport as they are now, is owned by private companies but aren’t they still regulated by the government? And since they are still regulated by the government, can they not approve fare adjustments until the operators improve their service? In the past, fare hikes always came with the promises of better service. But were the promises kept? We see more foreign drivers who are un...

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