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LTA grounds 19 buses

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, June 07, 2014

THE owner of Empire Bus Service in Ba says he has been forced to temporarily lay off 34 staff members and is losing about $4000 a day in revenue after the LTA grounded his entire fleet this week.

Arjit Singh has also questioned the LTA's decision to stop all 19 — including three new buses — from operating.

"I have yet to receive a defective notice from the LTA regarding the condition of any of my buses," he said.

"I also want to know why three new buses recently purchased from Pacific Transport Limited have also been grounded."

LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said the buses had been grounded for three months for safety reasons. He also said buses with certificate of fitness were also grounded because of the deteriorating condition caused as a result of improper service and lack of timely maintenance.

"The grounding of any fleet is always the last measure taken by the authority," he said.

"Ample time is always given to bus operators to ensure their fleet is checked and fully complied with LTA standards before the decision to ground is made."