And amidst the COVID-19 situation, they still have to deal with the risk of coming into contact with a possibly infected passenger, or worse, a Sovereign.
So the least we can do is protect our bus drivers while they work.
How do we do that?
Come 2 June, Buses Might Also Have Plastic Shields Just Like Taxis
There are now new initiatives being explored to ensure safe distancing on buses when the economy gradually reopens.
Known as the transparent shield, it is placed around the driver seat, to separate the drivers from commuters.
As Singapore is exiting the circuit breaker period after 1 June, there is a requirement to handle the expected increase of ridership in daily public transport.
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Hence, this shield, which is similar to acrylic glass or Perspex, will be offering protection for both drivers and commuters as the number of commuters increase.
This is similar to the plastic shields that taxis will be using.
Now, do note that the shield in buses is merely an idea – whether or not bus captains would have their own little space in buses depends on whether it’d be feasible or not.
But of course, there’s more.
Safe Distancing On MRT Trains And Buses
NTUC assistant secretary-general Melvin Yong stated in a blog post on Saturday (23 May) that there is still an issue on safe distancing on MRT trains and buses.
Mr Yong raised a concern: the safe distancing stickers placed on MRT and bus seats might not work as well during peak hours when there is a crowd.
Moreover, some bus captains have feedback that they are worried on having to manage commuters’ expectations and safe distancing measures while having to focus on their driving.
It is unsure if the stickers are still relevant after circuit breaker period. Hence, he hopes that the Land Transport Authority would assess this issue.
You can read his blog here.
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