The lead-up: SMRT Committee of Inquiry saga
24 recommendations were released by the COI, split into 14 for engineering and maintenance and 10 for managing similar incidents. Amongst the engineering suggestions included more effective ways to detect defects and third rail sags. It stressed that cable ties were only a temporary measure and should be properly inspected and maintained. Also, the multi-function vehicle should be upgraded to measure track faults more accurately.
On the incident management front, the report suggested a simpler command structure and greater clarity in staff roles. It also wanted a review of its incident management plans, with an emphasis on passenger well-being. This was applied to evacuation ramps, alternative transport modes and passing down timely and accurate information.
The Transport Minister is set to give his response to the COI report on a parliament sitting next week. The first July sitting will be on July 9 at 1.30pm. Parliament sittings are open to the public. The full report can be accessed at www.mot.gov.sg.
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