My letter to The New Paper on the above subject is published today, Thursday 20th November 2014 on page 17.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo has announced that the Government is studying ways to make transport facilities more elderly-friendly as reported in “Better public transport for elderly: Minister” (The New Paper, Nov 17).
With the Land Transport Authority (LTA) holding focus group discussions with the elderly, our seniors can look forward to improvements in transport facilities that include more sheltered walkways and added lifts to overheads bridges, as many in this group find it difficult to climb staircases due to mobility issues.
But the LTA must also advise the public transport operators to stop their buses closer to the kerbs at bus stops, as very often, they do so a fair distance from the kerbs. For the elderly, this poses a risk of them losing their balance and falling down. Many of these seniors make use of quad sticks to help them move about and with the buses picking and letting passengers alight a fair distance from the kerb, chances are that accidents can take place more easily.
For a person with mobility issues, going up the bus or coming down when the bus stops far from the kerb is a real challenge.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO