Police investigating verbal abuse of LTA officer by bus driver in viral video

Screengrab of the video apparently showing a bus driver verbally abusing an LTA officer.

The Singapore Police Force is investigating a case of verbal abuse of a parking warden after a viral video surfaced showing an altercation between a private bus driver and an officer of the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

An LTA spokesperson said in response to queries from Yahoo News Singapore that the officer shown in the video is an outsourced parking warden, and that the case had been reported to the police.

The police have confirmed that a report was made and an investigation is in progress.

In video footage circulating on social media, which appears to have been filmed by the warden, a bus driver is seen hurling vulgarities in Malay at the officer and threatening to punch him. Media reports said the recent incident took place at Marina View Link.

The LTA officer at first tells the driver that his bus is not allowed to park at the location. The driver then appears to drive away, but stops and comes out of the vehicle to confront the officer.

The bus was parked along a double yellow zig-zag line, indicating no stopping at all times there.

The driver, a man sporting long grey hair, proceeds to yell and hurl expletives at the warden, including a racial slur at one point.

He can be heard saying, “If you don’t go, I will punch your face.”

The video was first posted on Facebook by a user and began circulating on the platform on Wednesday (17 Jan). It is unclear how the video leaked.

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