7 Jun 2012, 7.14PM
The 2 bus company managements are commendable for their initiatives & actions done on raising salaries for all bus captains long overdue for their hard works & skills, not to mention their everyday faced problems with all commuters. Also toil & sacrifice their holidays, weekends for their works.
I hope they will also give priority to employing our Singaporeans during their recruitment for the bus expansion. I believe with the pay rise many of our own citizens will join them, throwing away the past idea that the position is a low pay & low class unrespected career.
LTA also should play a part, raising the heay vehicle age limit like those of Taxi Driver to 75 year old, as most of our Class 4 & 5 drivers are nearing that age in these coming years.
As we know from recent findings Singapore really short of these classes of drivers. We will not be worried for those old drivers because LTA requires them to go for yearly medical & proficiency tests once they reached 60 years old.