Public Transport Council
|Public Transport Council|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||10 Eunos Road 8 #09-01, Singapore Post Centre, Singapore 408600|
|Agency executive||Gerard Ee Hock Kim, Chairman|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Transport (Singapore)|
The Public Transport Council (Abbreviation: PTC; Chinese: 公共交通理事会, Pinyin: Gōnggòng Jiāotōng Lǐshìhuì; Malay: Majlis Pengangkutan Awam) is an independent regulatory statutory board under the Ministry of Transport of Singapore, established on 14 August 1987 by the Public Transport Council Act of 1987. PTC regulates the public bus and rapid transit network in areas such as fares and service standards.
PTC is also authorised to issue and do amendments to bus service licences, and advises the Ministry of Transport on areas such as conditions on licensees and imposing of penalties on non-complying licensees. It regulates public land transport, differing in terms of roles from the statutory boards under MOT, which represent the mode of transport. PTC was established to develop an integrated public transport network, by assuring quality services and by surveying the fares suitable for the public.
Fare reductions in 2009 and 2010
In early 2009, SBS Transit and SMRT announced that they would not apply for fare adjustments but would work with the PTC to pass the savings that they received from the 2009 Singapore Budget  to commuters.
The fare adjustment exercise for 2009 was also brought forward to April instead of October so that commuters could benefit earlier from the reduction in fares. From April 2009, commuters saw an overall 4.6% reduction in bus and train fares. The 4.6% fare reduction package comprises both a fare rebate (over a 15-month period from 1 April 2009 to 30 June 2010) and an increase in transfer rebate.
In 2010, the PTC granted an overall 2.5% reduction in bus and train fares. The reduction took effect on 3 July 2010 together with the introduction of distance fares.
In 2014, the fare adjustment exercise is on 6 April 2014, and was set to 3.2%. The typical fares were increased by 4-6 cents and students were the first to also increase by 2 cents; due to the protests made from the public. New concession schemes also took in effect.
- Transport in Singapore
- Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
- Land Transport Authority
- Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
- "Budget 2009, Keeping Jobs, Building for the Future". Ministry of Finance. 30 April 2009.
- "4.6% Reduction In Bus & Train Fares From 1 APRIL 2009". SBS Transit. 21 Feb 2009.
- "2.5% FARE REDUCTION IN BUS & TRAIN FARES AND INTRODUCTION OF DISTANCE FARES ON 3 JULY 2010". Public Transport Council, Ministry of Transport. 20 APRIL 2010.