Dear A.S.S. Editor
The LTA has now voiced their concerns over compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles after the fire that affected two CNG taxis over the past month. LTA now requires all CNG vehicles, and not just taxis, to undergo inspection.
LTA has stated that they require all CNG car owners to have their vehicles inspected at an authorised inspection centre by 9 June. There are currently more than 1,600 CNG private cars on the roads. The checks will include tests for gas leakages and inspection of the condition and mounting of the CNG cylinder itself and other related components.
This come after the two CNG taxis that caught fire and led to the inspection of all CNG taxis. So far, 832 taxis out of 950 CNG taxis have been inspected, with 74 of them failing the tests.
While this may not be the case, and LTA are only doing this as a safety measure, we could have been inside the taxis or even travelling alongside these CNG taxis which had failed the tests, and were potential road and fire hazards. Just think about that.