Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Durian Daily 14: Commuters Alert

Bus, taxi fare cheats could end up in jail
By Christopher Tan Sept 20, 2005
The Straits Times

Commuters who cheat on bus and taxi fares could end up behind bars under proposed legislation to stamp out a problem that has dogged Singaporean transport operators for years.
Bus companies, for example, lose an estimated $9 million a year to fare cheats.
The penalties aimed at protecting bus firms and cabbies against cheats are similar to those provided by the Rapid Transit Systems Act for rail operators.

Typically, a dishonest commuter taps his ez-link card on the exit reader well before his intended stop. This way, he is charged a lower fare.
Under proposed amendments to the Public Transport Council Act introduced in Parliament yesterday, bus commuters found by council-appointed inspectors to have paid incorrect fares will face a penalty charge.

Those who fail to pay this yet-to-be-determined charge face fines of up to $1,000. Repeat offenders face up to $2,000 in fines and risk a jail term of up to six months.
SBS Transit spokesman Tammy Tan said: 'The proposed changes take into account the fact that our drivers get cheated, whether intentionally or not. While the majority of our customers do not cheat, there is a small proportion who do, and they are penalising those who pay the full fare.'

Currently, those caught underpaying bus fares will only be required to make up the difference, said Ms Tan, who hopes the proposed changes 'will deter incidences of fare misuse'.
Those who cheat cabbies will be dealt with more swiftly.
They immediately face a fine of $1,000 for the first offence, and $2,000 or a jail term of up to six months for subsequent offences.
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Anonymous dev! said...

finally those 'cheaters' are getting their punishments.. No doubt some are really pitiful, but.. as what a guy from the recording industry mentioned, if u can afford a phone, why can't u afford an original album? If u can't afford an item, do u resort to 'stealing'?(as in the case of privacy)

21/9/05 15:10  
Blogger bornappleT said...

piracy, u mean? The society does not work well for those with lesser access to resources.

21/9/05 16:56  
Anonymous dev! said...

it's a cruel & realistic world out there. U'll be brushed aside if u're not competent enough

21/9/05 19:57  
Blogger bornappleT said...

Read more 'Spa Online'to 'upgrade' yourself.
I think, the more important thing is that, you do not brush yourself aside.

22/9/05 01:29  

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