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SHUT DOWN MRT FOR A FEW DAYS TO DO A COMPLETE OVERHAUL! NO MORE DELAYS, PLEASE

Seriously, LTA, please, let me beg you on behalf of all Singaporeans, shut down the train system entirely for a few days and make sure SMRT do a thorough maintenance and overhaul! Inform us early and we would rather face a few days of slight inconvenience by taking bus or taxi to work than to face such panicking last minute "pattern" that will cost us our jobs since now so many high ranking and powerful people in the companies are all foreign talents.

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ORCHARD ROAD TO BE FULLY PEDESTRIANISED TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO SHOP?

There are plans that was recently announced to make Orchard Road fully pedestrianised. The Minister for Trade and Industry, S Iswaran, announced this at a tourism industry conference, where he reiterated that a few government bodies such as the LTA and URA have to work together to make this a reality.

The plan is to make the shopping belt fully pedestrianised as part of bold plans to transform the precinct into a distinctive shopping and lifestyle destination. But can such a plan take off? Even the most famous shopping streets in the world, like NY's Times Square, or Japan's Shibuya District, are actual streets with vehicular traffic.

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LTA LAUNCH TAMPER-EVIDENT DECALS FOR PRIVATE HIRE CAR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSE

Are you a user of private hire car services such as Uber and Grab? Starting 1 July 2017, it will be easier for commuters to identify if a private hire car is registered and licensed to provide such services. This decal will make identification of private hire cars easier, and facilitate enforcement against errant practices such as picking up passengers via street-hail.

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LTA TO TEST NEW SIGNAL SYSTEM, TRAINS TO STOP MOVING FOR 10 MINUTES

On Tuesday night, SMRT and LTA have announced that trains will be stopped for 10 minutes at 11pm, for the new signalling system to be tested. About 30 trains will be in operation at this time, and all 30 trains will be stopped on tracks for the tests. These tests are done on the North South Line (NSL). Once the signalling mode has taken over, the train service will resume, said LTA and SMRT again.

Strange. First, they said for 10 minutes, then the train service will resume once testing passed and the new signalling system goes into effect. Which is which? Never mind that, let's just hope the maximum time the trains will be stopped on the tracks is 10 minutes, and not 10 hours.

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LTA SHOULD EVALUATE YOUNG AND FOREIGN DRIVERS MONTHLY

In Singapore, one needs to be only 18 to hold a Class 2 and 3 driving license, 21 years old to hold a bus vocational license and heavy vehicle driving license, and soon, only 2 years driving experience required to go for private hire vocational license. I think that for new driving license holders, be it local or foreigners, the first year is very crucial and they are still very new to the traffic conditions and laws here, hence they are very unfamiliar and unconfident at times, this is what resulted in an accident.

So I suggest that new license or newly converted license holders have to go through more orientation and training programme to ensure safety of themselves and other road users. And for those young or new heavy vehicle and vocational license holders, send them for a monthly evaluation, ensure they know the safety procedures of it and also passengers safety, make train them with this for at least a year before allowing them to hold the vocational license. Most accidents here are cussed by young, inexperienced and worse still, foreign drivers.

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