Dear A.S.S. Editor
The LTA have finally reacted after two taxis, which were fitted with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders, caught fire int he past month. All taxis fitted with CNG must now undergo compulsory testing by Thursday 25 May before they are allowed on the roads again.
The two taxis that caught fire recently are both well publicised cases. The first one which caught fire and exploded on April 30, injured four people, including a firefighter. The second one happened earleir this week at Marymount Road. Investigations done by SCDF found that both CNG taxi fires occurred due to the leakage of compressed natural gas within the vehicles, which was then ignited by the lighting of cigarettes.
There are 950 CNG taxis in Singapore and all are to be inspected before being allowed back on the roads. Each test is expected to take around 10 minutes. Smoking in a CNG vehicle should also be banned, as there is a inherent fire risk associated with cigarettes and CNG cylinders. But now we know that both high profile fire cases involved someone lighting up a cigarette.