Scenario 1: He is from the either primary school, secondary school, jc or ite. In this case, he would have overpaid. The max child/student fare is 75 cents on a aircon bus by cash if he has a valid concession card.
Scenario 2: He is a student from poly, uni, private school, art school, sports school etc? In this case he would have been subjected to adult fares whether he shows a student pass or not. Notwithstanding the fact that the bus captain could have handled the situation better, he still underpaid (not once, but many occasions). And the onus is on one to pay the correct fees, and not underpay and wait to be discovered and pay the correct fares. Its $20 penalty for underpaying and $50 for misuse of concession pass. Maybe the bus captain could have asked for his particulars and fined him instead of asking him to alight?
Well, I am not making a judgement as to which category he belongs to, just listing out my thoughts on the different possible scenarios. =)
for example, if i study at MDIS.. unfortunately, as of today, i would not be considered a "tertiary student" proper.
this was true as of aug 2009, if there has been changes since then, i don't know.
Students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LaSalle College of the Arts are eligible for the concession card as these institutions are government-aided; whereas students from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) are not eligible for the concession card, as SIM is a private institution, operating as a commercial entity.
I think if you read clearly, the people who have tried to propose the scenario on the drivers side are just trying to "not listen to only 1 party", ie. the TS's experience... not to say that one side is right or wrong, but they are only trying to see what the other party's point of view could be like...
and concession cards for tertiary students or even NSF, used to buy monthly concession pass for bus or train(aka bus stamp of the old days)... i think the 40+ yr old man would not qualify for the 60cents fare, but buying the monthly concession pass, it depends on where he is i guess?
Anyway, there are quite a number of 40+ people in my class too.. enough of my OT here =)
And what "ID" did you show the driver? your student pass or the concession card issued by Transitlink?
I think when you can help to clarify this 2 points and help us understand your story better.
well, if you are an ITE student with a valid student ezlink card, then the bus driver certainly shouldn't have kicked you off as the max fare for a student paying cash is only 75c... I suggest, as others before have, that you write simultaneously to SBS as well as to the ST forum...
and whilst the TS should have shown the student card without the driver's demand, failure to show the card should not result in the TS getting kicked off...
Last edited by theRBK; 25th August 2010 at 01:05 AM.
next time say you're a bus blogger
I think this lady bus driver is MAD or perhaps having a BAD PMS day !
Under no circumstance should she react angrily to the passengers. It is part of customer service. In the olden days when I did not pay or short pay my ticket, those bus conductors just asked me to pay or top-up. You should stand your ground !
Confirm you had paid the right fare and then launch a complaint to the bus company.
This stinking toad must not be allowed to do it again to the next passenger.
I've learned that human before the age of 21 years old do not have their Prefrontal Cortex in the fully developed stage. Hence the reasoning skill tends to be different from adults.
This explains TS's percenption that he is right as 11 drivers did not find fault with him except this lady driver.
On the other hand, the lady driver seem to exhibit the same sydrome!
But i do feel this bus driver who dares to voice out is good in general. (I am not saying the TS is at fault)
I bet she is those who will tell passengers to move to the rear to allow others to board. I have seen too many cases where drivers are afraid to voice out(fearing complaints) and people already in the bus do not move in when the rear end of the bus is empty.
Agreed with the last part thou.. maybe driver should present her side of the story then everyone can make informed judgement