100 additional LTA enforcement officers employed by LTA

Minister for Education, Rosy Akbar. Picture: FT FILE

THE Land Transport Authority has been forced to employ an additional 100 enforcement officers because of the level of fraud in our transport system.

Education Minister Rosy Akbar, during her response to the 2019/2020 National Budget this week, said LTA had found several instances of this happening.

She said students as young as five years old were selling their bus e-ticket cards for as little as $5 regardless of the amount money still on the card.

Ms Akbar said an elder sibling would borrow his or her younger sibling’s e-ticket to go to university when he or she already had transport assistance from Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB) or was not entitled to such assistance.

Ms Akbar also highlighted that students, encouraged by the parents, would tap their e-ticket twice — once for the student and once for the parent to get subsidised trip.

“As parents, we all need to take responsibility for what we teach our children.

“So does it matter? That one tap worth maybe $4 is perhaps deemed to be unimportant, that one tap becomes five in a week worth $20 or $80 in a month.”

Ms Akbar said the ministry would be investigating ways in which they could tighten the transport assistance system.

She said the ministry and Vodafone dealt with 1000 e-ticket being lost a week.

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