SBS Student’s Concession Pass in the 70s


Before the advent of MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and the use of EZ-Link stored value cards that one uses nowadays to tap on the electronic fare reader, full-time students during the 70s were issued with the SBS Student’s Concession Pass shown in the picture. A passport-size photo of the student need to be pasted on it for identification. The concession pass also contained details such as the the student’s name, NRIC number, name of school and class, and the principal’s signature and stamp. For the student to enjoy a concession fare and an unlimited number of bus rides in a particular calendar month, a monthly bus stamp need to be purchased from any SBS ticketing counter at the bus-interchange located islandwide. The bus stamp contain the number “1” which denotes the month of January, “2” for February etc. the bus stamp issued for each calendar month will have a different background colour with the corresponding number denoting the month it was valid for. All the student need to do was to flash the concession pass during boarding. Did you happen to share the same bus stamps among your school-going siblings or friends to save costs instead of purchasing more bus stamps?

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8 Responses to “SBS Student’s Concession Pass in the 70s”

  1. uzyn Says:

    $4 for a month, nice..

    Now $4 can’t even make you 4 trips on SBS.

  2. ordinary guy Says:

    Hi Uzyn,

    Actually, the stamp bearing the number “4” seen in the photo does not represent the amount $4. Rather, it represents the month of April. So the stamp bearing the number “1” stands for January, “2” for February, “3” for March and so on. If I recall correctly, each stamp costs $25 and it entitles the student pass holder to enjoy an unlimited number of bus rides within that calendar month. Cheerio.

  3. fooi Says:

    This is an effective way of saving money. I think it is not just the student who benefit it but also parents of student who forge out money for their children. 🙂

  4. uzyn Says:

    But you did see the dollar sign followed by 4 on the stamp, didn’t you?

  5. ordinary guy Says:

    Fooi,

    I guess if one sibling is in the morning session while the other is in the afternoon, it could be possible for some savings by just buying one stamp share by both. However, there is always a possibility that one sibling may not be able to rush home in time to hand the stamp to the other sibling to use.

    Uzyn,

    My mistake. You were right. I have dug out all the SBS Student’s Concession Pass during my secondary and JC days and the price of a stamp for a calendar month of usage for a student were as follows:-
    1977 = $4
    1978 = $6
    1979 = $9
    1980 = $9
    1981 = $15
    1982 = $15

    At that time, $4 is pretty expensive considering that we can get a bowl of noodles for 50cents from the school tuckshop and 20cents for a Yeo Hiap Seng bottled drink (canned drinks were not available at that time). The school drink stall aunty charges just 5cents for a cup of cold soya bean, chin chow or bandung. Prices have escalated over time.

  6. py Says:

    I love the privilege of using concessionary stamps while I was a student. The unlimited rides made it so worthwhile for me to travel about places in Singapore via the bus, that I hardly use the MRT even though there’s a MRT station just 2 minutes walk from my home.

    Well, I thought sharing concessionary stamps were prohibited. I don’t even know how to peel it off nicely and make it stick nicely after peeling it off. Alright, I am generally honest.

    • jokie Says:

      I ended up paying so much lesser when i used the concession pass. Most of my friends have them too. Saved like $10++ a month with concession passes.

  7. hcl Says:

    I kept my bus passes too! Mine is from 1982-1985, stamps were $15 per month. Never share the stamps cos illegal and anyway all my siblings got their own. I didn’t want my bus pass to develop a bulge as the months go by so didn’t stick the stamps completely onto it until I was caught by the bus conducter once..

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