The Public Transport Council (PTC) is an independent body that regulates bus services, bus service operators, ticket payment services, and bus and rapid transit system fares. Established in August 1987 under the Public Transport Council Act (Cap 259B) , the PTC operates within the framework of the PTC Act and the prevailing public transport policies. The PTC works closely with players in the public transport industry and in partnership with other public agencies including the Land Transport Authority (LTA), to bring about quality basic bus services and an affordable public transport system.
Key Function and Objectives
In accordance with the PTC Act, PTC’s core functions include:
- Licensing of bus services that charge fares
- Regulating bus service standards
- Licensing of bus service operators
- Licensing of transit ticket payment service providers
- Regulating bus and train fares
Note: The PTC has deregulated taxi fares from 1 September 1998.
Tasked with the twin responsibility of safeguarding the interests of the public and ensuring the long-term viability of public transport operators, the PTC aims to strike a balance between the two and, on this basis, seeks to:
- Create a comprehensive and integrated bus network
- Ensure quality bus services
- Maintain affordable bus and train fares for the public
- Ensure the provision of ticket payment services in public transport