I am glad to see that the Public Transport Council and train operators have decided to change the seat signs on trains to read “Reserved Seating” instead of the less assertive “Priority Seating”.
This was a suggestion I made back in February 2008 in my paper titled Improving Singapore’s Public Transport System – A Commuter’s Perspective:
Passengers not giving up their seats to elderly/disabled
· Clearly demarcate seats designated for the elderly or disabled.
· Paint these seats a different colour.
· Place unambiguous signs at eye level (for seated passengers) instructing — not merely suggesting — that they give up their seats.
· For example:
For the elderly, disabled, pregnant women or parents carrying infants
· Work with schools to organise educational “behind the scenes” tours of the MRT, and teach students the virtue of considerate behaviour from a young age, encouraging them to lead others in following their example.
I hope this would remind able-bodied commuters of how they should be playing their part to make Singapore a more caring society.