BUSES that do not comply with the strict standardised electrical and mechanical components approved by the LTA will be grounded.
The warning comes as the LTA, the police and the National Fire Authority step up their monitoring of buses and other PSVs.
"Five electrical and twelve mechanical aspects of buses will be thoroughly checked during the month-long operation and the LTA warns bus operators to comply or face hefty fines with traffic infringement notices or the grounding of buses," said LTA spokesperson Iliesa Sokia.
"The police have also warned that any bus breaking down on the road will be taken to the LTA yard for further auditing and inspection."
Mr Sokia said the recent spate of bus fires had prompted the authority to re-strategise its bus fire prevention mechanisms by deploying two teams; one would execute the mandatory implementation of the quality maintenance assurance system task by the authority's standard and compliance division, and the enforcement team would address compliancy of the approved mechanical and electrical components on buses.
"The bus audit checklist for possible causes of fire will include a thorough check of buses' starting system and vehicles that cannot start when engine is switched off, the tampering of wiring or the use of fuse without the proper approval of the authority will see the immediate grounding of vehicle and a defect order issued," Mr Sokia said.
He said PSVs with loose wires with no proper insulation and loose battery and amplifier fittings with insecure wiring and wire harnesses would be issued a defect order.
Mr Sokia said the installation of boom boxes could also warrant immediate removal.
The police force's responsibility in the operation is to cover other classification of PSVs such as taxis, minibuses, rentals and privately-owned vehicles.
NFA will ensure the compliancy of fire preventative measures on buses remain intact.
Issues the NFA will target include fire safety features on buses such as regulated fire extinguishers, escape routes on buses and fire preventative apparatus such as hammers and axes, and breakable windows for safer, quicker and easier fire exit route.