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PTC Security Committee Completes Security Review of Public Transport Network - nakanoben - 14 February 2011

Public Transport Security Committee Completes Security Review of the Public Transport Network and Enhances Security Standards

1. Last June, the Public Transport Security Committee (PTSC) initiated a comprehensive security review of the public transport network. The PTSC has completed its review.

Key Findings and Enhancements from the Review

Security measures for the overall public transport system are generally adequate and robust. Since its formation in 2004, the PTSC has implemented extensive security measures for public transport facilities such as at MRT stations, trains, depots and bus interchanges, including the installation of video surveillance systems and the deployment of Transit Security Officers and police patrols at these facilities. (Please refer to Annex A for details of public transport security measures implemented since 2004.)

Enhancement of security measures

Nevertheless, the review found that there is scope to enhance security at public transport facilities such as train and bus depots. These include more stringent perimeter security measures, such as installing steel welded mesh fencing, as well as augmenting security patrols and checks at these depots. In addition, more Transit Security Officers will be deployed at the train stations. (Please refer to Annex B for details of the enhanced public transport security measures arising from the PTSC review.)

Enhancement of Regulatory Framework and Powers

To provide greater clarity on the security requirements for the PTOs, the security regulatory framework has been strengthened to clearly specify the roles of the PTOs, as well as a set of security guidelines and standards for their compliance.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has also amended the relevant legislation1 to strengthen its regulatory powers with regard to public transport security. Failure to comply with the stipulated security standards could result in financial penalties, in accordance with the Rapid Transit Systems (RTS) Act and the Road Traffic Act (RTA).

Changi Depot Incident

2. Following the Changi Depot incident on 17 May 2010, LTA, the regulator of Singapore's Rapid Transit System, has found that SMRT had breached its obligations under the Licence & Operating Agreement (LOA) where it had failed to exercise due diligence and vigilance expected of a public transport operator. SMRT had not regularly inspected, continuously maintained and repaired its operating facilities. Consequently, LTA has imposed a maximum fine of $50,000 on SMRT.

Continued vigilance required from all stakeholders

3. Commenting on the review, Mr Chew Hock Yong, PTSC Chairman said, "The recommendations in this review by the PTSC are made with the objective of enhancing the level of public transport security in Singapore. To keep our public transport system secure, various stakeholders will need to work closely together and play their part - the government to oversee public transport security holistically at the system level; the public transport operators to remain vigilant and take special care to ensure the security of the facilities and vehicles under their charge; and the support of the commuting public to help look out for and report any suspicious activity that they come across during their public transport journeys."

About the PTSC
The PTSC is a multi-agency body, chaired by the Chief Executive of LTA and comprises members from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Home Affairs, Land Transport Authority, Singapore Police Force, Internal Security Department, Singapore Civil Defence Force, National Security Coordination Centre, Joint Counter Terrorism Centre, SBS Transit and SMRT Corporation Ltd.
The PTSC oversees the security of Singapore's public transport system, providing a holistic approach to address public transport security challenges and threats. It undertakes comprehensive reviews of the security arrangements and recommends and oversees improvements to the security of the public transport system, including infrastructure such as bus interchanges, MRT stations and depots. PTOs remain responsible for the security of their depots and all assets.


[1] In August 2010, the Rapid Transit Systems (RTS) Act was amended to augment LTA’s powers and empower it to impose licensing conditions, codes of practice and directions relating to the security of persons on the railway system.

Last Updated on 14/02/2011

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