Is overcrowding on bus an offence?

Is overcrowding on bus an offence?

SINGAPORE - I applaud the Government's initiatives to encourage the use of public transport to ease the congestion on our roads. However, I am concerned about the safety of passengers on overcrowded buses.

On a number of occasions, I have seen buses that were so overcrowded that commuters were forced to stand on the steps at the front door.

Can the bus operators or the Traffic Police confirm if this constitutes a traffic offence?

If the practice violates traffic rules, can the Traffic Police provide data on the number of such offences that were committed over the past year?

I presume there is a maximum number of passengers that each bus is allowed to carry. Have sufficient steps been taken to ensure that buses do not exceed this limit?

Assuming that bus passengers are covered by public transport insurance, can the insurance company nullify or void the coverage on the grounds that the bus company violated traffic regulations?

I hope the relevant authorities can make bus travel a safer option by curbing overcrowding.

- Yiu Wing Lit

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