Singapore Implements New Regulations for Bus Touting

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Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be kicking off the new regulations on Jan 1, 2015 to punish those private bus drivers caught touting their transport services. If convicted under the Road Traffic Rules, errant drivers can be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced up to three months in jail.

LTA mentioned that holders of the Bus Driver’s Vocational Licence (BDVL) will be informed in writing of the new regulations and penalty framework. BDVL is a mandatory license for those who drive either private hires buses, excursion buses and school buses.

What Is Bus Touting ?

Bus touting refers to a kind of illegal bus operation which involves bus drivers (or their operator) attracting potential passengers by illegal means – for instance, calling out people to take on their bus while traveling along the route.

Public can call 1800-CALL LTA (1800-2255 582) or give feedback to LTA at www.lta.gov.sg if they notice any bus touting activities.

Source: Private bus drivers to face fines, jail for touting their services. The Straits Time, 15 Dec 2014.

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