Singapore fines rail operators for safety lapses, delays
Singapore Tuesday announced fines totalling Sg$1.11 million (US$875,000) on the city-state's two metro train operators for safety lapses and delays which have riled the public.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it was imposing an Sg$860,000 fine on SMRT for four separate incidents from November 2012 to July this year.
SBS Transit will face a Sg$250,000 fine for a service disruption that affected 54,900 passengers in June, the LTA said in a statement.
In one incident involving SMRT, it said maintenance workers were exposed to the risk of electrocution on railway tracks due to improper safety procedure.
In another incident in February, the LTA said SMRT committed several safety lapses when fire broke out at a metro station, including offloading passengers there instead of at another stop further from the blaze.
In the statement, LTA chief executive Chew Hock Yong said both operators have since taken measures to tighten procedures.
The fines come amid a sustained outcry among Singaporeans about the faltering service standards of the metro system amid official efforts to encourage commuters to take public transport.