Netizens slam letter writer who felt that SBS bus driver who had neck pains should not have been driving

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A letter writer drew the ire of netizens after he suggested that an SBS Transit bus captain should not have been driving if his neck pains caused him to stoop so much that people thought he might have dozed off.

The letter comes after a video went viral showing a bus driver appearing to drift in and out of sleep as he drives the bus, with his neck and head moving forward and backwards as though he is drowsy. SBS Transit later claimed that the bus driver in the video has “neck pains” that cause him to “bend more than normal” but added that this does not hamper his driving ability. It added that the bus captain is medically certified fit to drive.

In his letter to the Straits Times, John Yong Siew Hua wrote that the driver should not have been on the road with such a condition even if he had not been dozing. He wrote:

“From the video, the bus captain can be clearly seen to be either having neck pain or dozing off.
“Whatever the case, his head was bent too low to give him a good line of sight. He should not have been driving in the interest of the other road users, and the safety of the passengers in the bus.”

Adding that he was appalled that the person who shot the video “did not take any decisive action to stop the driver” and that we should “speak up, instead of waiting for someone else to do the right thing,” John added:

“I was extremely disappointed at the lack of empathy and safety consciousness of the company when the spokesman maintained that the bus captain was medically fit to drive.
“This speaks volumes of the company’s attitude towards staff welfare when a bus captain who supposedly had neck pain still had to continue his duty in that state, endangering passengers’ lives.
“We should hold bus operators to a higher standard than this.”

Several netizens responding to John’s letter slammed him for not being compassionate and felt that John should not make such remarks since the driver needs to hold on to his job and should not be deprived from a livelihood because of a condition:

A handful of netizens saw sense in John’s letter and suggested that the driver should receive medical attention as he risks endangering passengers with the manner he drives due to his neck pains:

22 COMMENTS

  1. Slam for wat..
    If accident happen, then they will say y driver never see doc…
    Prevention is better than cure or
    Must wait till something happen than take action….

    1st of all, if got neck pain, u can move ur head so many times is it…
    See the clip n count how many times the driver move his head…

  2. The letter writer had done the right thing in expressing concern. SBS may have clarified e matter but to passengers there would still b concerns as to whether the bus captain can be efficient in his role due to neck pain. SBS should have moved the Bus Captain to another role (time-keeper or controller etc) without affecting his job.

  3. What’s wrong with those netizens? Haven’t they heard SAFETY FIRST? And that includes the safety of the driver! So may jobs out there… Please have a valid reason before you slam the letter writer who is exercising his common sense!

  4. Heard from a netizen that he was driving service 133 from AMK Interchange. He is no longer driving as he did not sign the offer to work another year when his previous contract lapsed. Perhaps it was due to this post that he decided not to carry on working although certified fit to drive. He was reported to have said “不要给我的上师为难“。