LTA slapped SMRT with a S$387,176 fine for the 7 hours train disruption on 21 Jan 2008. My first thought when I hear the new was, who is the person being fined? SMRT or Passengers? While the fine is imposed on SMRT, we all know that SMRT will surely apply for another fare hike later this year to recover the amount lost.
SMRT passengers are the ones who were affected by the train disruption. And later, they will also be the one who pays for the fines. Is that fair?
The idea of imposing a fine on someone is to make them feel the pain so that they will not commit the same error again. But for this case, I don’t see why SMRT will feel the pain after paying the fine. Just include the fine as lost of revenue and they can apply for a higher fare hike. Isn’t that good?
Instead of punishing them in terms of money, why not punish them in terms of numbers of years which they cannot apply fare hike?
SMRT fined almost S$400,000 for 7-hour train disruption in January
SMRT will be fined almost S$400,000 for the severe disruption to its train services on 21 January.
The Land Transport Authority, which imposed the S$387,176 fine, has given SMRT up to two weeks to justify why that the penalty should not be imposed.
The LTA concluded that the 7-hour disruption was due to SMRT’s working party not complying with operating procedures. This was specifically on securing the parked portion of the maintenance train, which comprised a locomotive and a wagon.
According to operating procedures, during maintenance works, the portion comprising a locomotive and a RGV (Rail Grinding Vehicle) will proceed with its works, while the portion of the maintenance train is detached and parked at a distance from the working zone.
However, investigations from LTA and SMRT showed that on 21 January, SMRT did not apply the locomotive’s parking brake. There was also no wheel chock placed to prevent movement along the gradient of the track.
If SMRT had followed operating procedures, a roll-back would have been prevented.
Some 57,000 MRT passengers in the eastern part of Singapore were affected by the disruption, which occurred in the morning.
Train services were disrupted for seven hours and 17 minutes between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris MRT stations.