Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Transport (a) whether the Ministry has commissioned or commenced a study on the quantifiable economic effect on businesses and the economy generation if a ban is introduced against transporting workers in the back of lorries and other vehicles and to look into addressing practical and operational challenges associated with such a ban; and (b) if not, whether the Ministry will consider doing so.
Mr S Iswaran: At the Committee of Supply debate this year, MOT updated the House on the considerations and various proposals the Government was studying to improve the safety of transporting workers in lorries. Since then, agencies have been engaging various stakeholders, including to understand sector-specific needs. Rather than an academic study, this approach allows us to gain a better understanding of ground concerns and practical challenges so that any changes can be implemented smoothly to benefit all stakeholders.
As announced earlier this year, the Government will be introducing several new measures to further improve the safety and welfare of workers on lorries. We will share more details soon this year. Meanwhile, I urge all employers to do their part to ensure the welfare and safety of their workers.
Ministry of Transport
4 October 2022