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Union wants Simpson intervention at LTA

January 15, 2019 4:50 pm
Land Transport Authority chief executive, Samuel Simpson

The Transport Workers Union says it is hoping new Land Transport Authority chief executive will look into their grievances related to e-ticketing.

Samuel Simpson was announced as LTA chief executive last week and Union General Secretary, Kamlesh Kumar, says while they welcome the appointment, there is an immediate need to re-look at e-ticketing.

Kumar says drivers continue to leave the profession of bus driving because they are fined and taken to task by LTA, without proper consultation done.

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The union claims in the minds of all stakeholders’ drivers remain classified as thieves.

He claims many a times, their drivers have fallen victims to LTA enforcement officers, adding passengers also do not cooperate.

Kumar claims passengers boarding buses with inappropriate cards, insufficient balances in their cards, refusal to purchase disposal cards are some of the issues faced by drivers.

He goes on to say that some passengers do not carry correct change to but disposal cards, which forces the drivers to look for change as operators do not give drivers the float of cash.

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