Monday, May 26, 2008

The Rush for Seatbelts

It’s amazing what one accident can do. Just one bus accident later and suddenly it seems that every parent in Singapore want seatbelts on school buses.

So much so that Parliament will have a debate on “measures implemented to ensure school bus safety”. I don’t know why such a thing can actually be discussed in Parliament, don’t they have more important things to do like improving the economy, and I can’t understand what the big deal is.

When I was a kid taking the school bus, forget seatbelts, we stood on the bus! Why is this herd mentality that seatbelts are a must on school buses? Don’t get me wrong. It’s always a tragedy when a child dies, but is this a good reason to make all the school buses in Singapore to have seatbelts? Costs for running the buses will go up and parents don’t even want to pay for installing the seatbelts. Like all Singaporeans, they want it for free!

Forget the seatbelts. It’s an unfortunate accident and a true tragedy but let’s not rush through a regulation. Let some time pass, some heads to cool and then decide.

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