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New bus drivers to get standardised training at bus academy

SINGAPORE: New bus drivers joining the industry will now get standardised training to ensure they provide consistent service, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (Oct 17).

The training will be conducted by the Singapore Bus Academy, which officially opened on Monday at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability in Jurong East.

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Thetwo-week course, called the Enhanced Vocational Licence Training Programme, includes a five-day theory segment and practical assessment. It is a requirement for the Omnibus Drivers’ Vocational Licence. The course will cover topics such as safe driving techniques, customer service and fleet management systems, and will be taught in both English and Mandarin by in-house trainers.

Mr Ho Hee Teck, manager of the Singapore Bus Academy, said: “In the past they were all trained by individual operators so there may not be a systematic way of (teaching) fundamental skills.”

There will be 30 trainees in the first batch of the programme, due to start on Oct 31. The academy aims to take in 6,000 bus drivers over the next three years.

Said Mok Kah Leong, a trainee at the Singapore Bus Academy: “I was a delivery driver before, carrying goods. So now, the challenge of course is that I’m picking up people. I can learn a lot from this course, like how to drive safely and responsibly.”

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