SBS Transit to take disciplinary action against 2 bus captains on single-lane road in Serangoon incident

Submitted by Stomper Shawn

This story was submitted via Web contribution form.

SBS Transit will be taking action against two bus captains whose buses came face-to-face on a single-lane road during an incident in Serangoon on Sunday night (June 16).

Stomper Shawn witnessed the incident, involving two buses of service route 315, that occurred along Serangoon North Avenue 1 at around 8pm.

A video taken by Shawn shows one of the buses reversing on a single-lane road. The other bus can be seen stopped on the same lane some distance away while facing the wrong direction.

A bus captain is also spotted running from the first bus to the second bus.

The unusual sight of the buses had also drawn the attention of several passers-by.

In response to a Stomp query, SBS Transit's senior vice-president of corporate communications Tammy Tan said it has investigated the incident, which included viewing CCTV footage.

According to Ms Tan, an accident that had occurred along Serangoon North Avenue 1 "rendered the road impassable for vehicles, including our bus, that was headed towards Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3."

She told Stomp in a statement: "To avoid disrupting the trip and causing inconvenience to passengers, the bus captain took matters into his own hands and crossed over to the other side of the single-lane road to travel a short distance before he could resume his regular route.

"To do so, he also sought the cooperation of the bus captain of an approaching bus."

Ms Tan said that while the bus captains had "acted with good intentions, they should have contacted our Operation Control Centre for guidance."

She added: "This is for the safety of both commuters and fellow road users and we are thankful that no one was hurt.

"We will be taking disciplinary action against the bus captains concerned as safety is of paramount importance in our service."