CCTV programme on public buses to be expanded New road markings to be introduced
1. To ensure that the bus lane scheme remains effective in improving the overall reliability of buses, LTA will be expanding the use of on-board bus video cameras (CCTVs) for bus lane enforcement from 1 June 2014. The cameras will work in tandem with the current warden scheme and ensure that bus lanes remain clear during operating hours.
2. To date, more than 3,300 existing buses have been equipped with CCTV. More buses will progressively be added to the programme. The system was first on trial on 90 SBS Transit buses, which plied routes with bus lanes in 2008. The trial aimed to gauge the effectiveness of CCTVs as a means of enforcement.
3. The CCTV system continuously monitors the road in front of the bus and allows LTA officers to assess the circumstances more accurately if motorists are caught on video infringing bus lanes.
4. Since 2008, we have seen an improvement in motorists’ compliance with the bus lane scheme, with the number of cases of motorists driving on bus lanes captured by CCTV during restricted hours going from 2,112 in 2008 to 1,560 in 2013. The composition amount for motorists who drive on bus lanes during restricted hours is $130. If the offence is not compounded, the case may be escalated to the courts and the motorist may be fined up to S$1000 or serve 3 months of imprisonment for the first offence.
5. Currently, there is a total of 203km of bus lanes, 23km of full-day bus lanes, and 180km of normal bus lanes. Full-day bus lanes are in operation from 7:30am to 8pm, Mondays to Saturdays while normal bus lanes are in operation from 7:30am to 9:30am and 5pm to 8pm on weekdays.
6. The enhancement of the bus priority measures are aimed at improving overall reliability and speeds of buses en-route, so that commuters can experience more regular waiting times. It will also complement the ongoing Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), where additional buses will be added. By improving bus reliability, it will help shorten overall bus journey time and make public transport more attractive.
Full-Day Bus Lane Hours Road Markings
7. In addition, the full-day bus lanes at 7 selected locations will include the bus lane operation hours to remind motorists of the need to adhere to the timings.
8. The locations are:
- Eu Tong Sen Street
- New Bridge Road
- Hill Street
- Victoria Street
- Kallang Road
- Sims Avenue (between Kallang Road and Sims Way)
- Geylang Road (between Sims Way and Kallang Road)
9. The markings will be implemented from 16 June 2014. We will monitor the effectiveness of the scheme in the next few months.
More Bus Bays with Mandatory Give-Way to Buses Scheme
10. Since December 2008, LTA has progressively implemented the Mandatory Give Way to Buses Scheme (MGWTB) at a total of 249 bus stops. When completed by end 2014, a total of about 300 bus stops island-wide will be covered under this scheme.
11. Through enforcement efforts, a total of 1,883 cases of violation of MGWTB were detected in 2013, a drop of about more than 40% from the number of violations in 2009 (3,325 offences).
12. The MGWTB is similar conceptually to a zebra crossing, except that it is meant for buses. When nearing a bus stop under this scheme, motorists will first see triangular give way markings on the road. These markings indicate that motorists approaching these bus stops need to slow down and watch in case buses are pulling out of the bus bay. Motorists come to a complete stop before the give way line and give way to buses exiting the bus bay at the location. Motorists may continue their journey once the bus has successfully exited the bus bay and no other buses are pulling out from the bus bay.
13. It is a traffic offence if motorists do not give way to buses exiting from bus bays, where the new road markings are drawn or if they stay in the yellow box marked 'Give Way to Buses'.