COI: It was ‘regrettable’ that defects were not identified and remedied by SMRT’s maintenance regime
Posted by temasektimes on July 5, 2012
The two major SMRT breakdowns in December last year were preventable had SMRT ‘s maintenance regime been more stringent, said the Committee of Inquiry (COI) in its 358-page report submitted to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew this week.
The two breakdowns affected thousands of commuters and dented Singapore’s international reputation as a First World nation, making it a laughing stock overseas.
According to the COI, the first disruption on 15 December 2011 was triggered by a defective fastener that is part of the third rail assembly, located between City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut stations.
The COI believes the defects in question had taken time to develop before the first disruption and said it was ‘regrettable’ that these were not identified and remedied under SMRT’s maintenance regime.
It noted that there were no specific work instructions for the assemblies to be checked by staff. If this had been done, the COI said the disruption could have been averted.
Ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa had rigorously contested the claims by the Land Transport Authority during the COI hearing that its maintenance regime is ‘inadequate’.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said he will release the full report of the COI soon and implored Singaporeans to thank the COI members for their hard work.