14 February 2020
Smart technology is being introduced gradually in buses ferrying students this year, in order to enable parents to communicate more effectively with the driver.
This smart bus fleet management system, which is being developed by the Singapore School and Private Hire Bus Owners’ Association, will be installed in at least 800 of its members’ buses by 2022.
For instance, if a bus en route to pick up students breaks down, the current modus operandi is for its operator to call and inform each child’s parent about the delay. With the new system and accompanying mobile app, the driver and operator need to only send out a group message to parents.
EZ-Link has partnered the association to enable e-payments for parents via an e-wallet app. This would be more efficient than the cash or cheque collection that is currently being implemented.
Each bus will be fitted with an ez-link card reader for students to tap their cards to record that they have boarded the bus.