SBS Transit Trials Protective Shields On Buses

Protective shields have gone up in six SBS Transit buses today as part of a two-week trial to gauge usability and effectiveness of such screens.

The transparent shields, are made of polycarbonate, a strong plastic material. They are modelled after the ones that are being trialled in ComfortDelGro’s taxis but come with several enhancements and modifications for use on buses.

For instance, a side opening provides an unobstructed view of the bus’ left side mirror while a transparent film has been applied on the shield to minimise distraction from reflections.

The enhanced design also ensures that Bus Captains are able to get out of their seats easily when they need to assist passengers. This is achieved with a flap on the side which they can enter and exit from.

Locally-manufactured, these shields were designed and installed on the buses by Moove Media, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Corporation, which is SBS Transit's parent company. Their design will be further enhanced based on feedback to be given by Bus Captains during the trial and the results will be shared with the Land Transport Authority to assess the suitability of a fleet-wide installation.

SBS Transit Acting CEO, Mr Cheng Siak Kian, said: “Our Bus Captains are on the frontline where they serve many commuters daily. Given the prolonged and uncertain situation with COVID-19, we think the protective shield is an idea worth exploring to enhance protection for our Bus Captains.”

Senior Bus Captain Goo Choon Yong, 37 years old, said: “From providing us with Vitamin C tablets to personal hand sanitisers, using disinfectants to clean the buses and now trying out the protective shields, I am thankful for the continued efforts that the Company is taking to protect us."

The shields have been installed on six buses on Services 19, 28, 147, 196, 198 and 249.