It is about time that public- transport operators SMRT and SBS Transit consider stationing officers on board, like in the good old days.
Recently, incidents involving quarrelling commuters have been in the spotlight.
Last month, a middle-aged woman was filmed berating a young woman on a train, even after the latter had given up her seat to her.
In a separate incident last month, a man was filmed scolding an old woman, and even pushing her off a bus.
In the light of such incidents, having officers stationed on board trains and buses can help to ensure the safety of passengers, as commuters may think twice about behaving badly.
Their presence may also deter passengers from inconsiderate behaviour, such as taking up more than one seat on trains.
In addition, the officers can take action against commuters who flout rules, such as that prohibiting eating on buses and trains.
In this way, commuters will be reminded to behave graciously, or risk being penalised.
FROM MYP READER MR ISHWAR MAHTANI
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