Crowded out on bus

Crowded out on bus

Crowded out on bus

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IS IT the policy of the bus companies to instruct drivers not to ask passengers to move down the bus to avoid congestion?

Travelling into and out of York on the No. 5 bus, we witnessed several passengers, mostly youngish girls, giving the impression that the bus is full, when in fact they are standing both sides of the aisle at the front of the bus and in front of the sign which specifically asks passengers not to do so and there are seats available. When others are getting on and off the bus, even without wheelchairs, walking aids, pushchairs or shopping trolleys, they are hindered and delayed. Does common sense not form part of their make-up?

Linda Nelson, Huntington Village, York.

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11:34am Wed 26 Feb 14

far2bizzy says...

I was on a congested bus recently, with space at the back. The driver persistently requested people to move down the bus, but it was apparent that the major culprits did not speak a word of English. I suppose you could teach the drivers to speak “Move on down please” in all the languages of the world but I fear that reliability may suffer as he had to spend time reciting his interminable mantra.
I was on a congested bus recently, with space at the back. The driver persistently requested people to move down the bus, but it was apparent that the major culprits did not speak a word of English. I suppose you could teach the drivers to speak “Move on down please” in all the languages of the world but I fear that reliability may suffer as he had to spend time reciting his interminable mantra. far2bizzy
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4:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

old_geezer says...

And you couldn't politely speak to these girls, who are probably just thoughtless?
And you couldn't politely speak to these girls, who are probably just thoughtless? old_geezer
  • Score: 5

12:07am Thu 27 Feb 14

Lunatic says...

Speaking of common sense... When somebody's standing in my way I tend to say, "Excuse me."

Seems to work better than complaining about it to the local paper.
Speaking of common sense... When somebody's standing in my way I tend to say, "Excuse me." Seems to work better than complaining about it to the local paper. Lunatic
  • Score: 6

12:21am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Meanwhile there is a distinct lack of a comment here from 'strangebuttrue?', who has in his mind that all buses in York run around empty!
Meanwhile there is a distinct lack of a comment here from 'strangebuttrue?', who has in his mind that all buses in York run around empty! Magicman!
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

LindaNess says...

old_geezer wrote:
And you couldn't politely speak to these girls, who are probably just thoughtless?
Actually, I did speak to them and a geezer who got on just as I was speaking to them got really nasty, threatened to slap my husband and made such a display of himself that maybe that is why the drivers do not think it is worth raising their heads above the parapet. The girls still did not move and it was safer to just keep quiet.
[quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: And you couldn't politely speak to these girls, who are probably just thoughtless?[/p][/quote]Actually, I did speak to them and a geezer who got on just as I was speaking to them got really nasty, threatened to slap my husband and made such a display of himself that maybe that is why the drivers do not think it is worth raising their heads above the parapet. The girls still did not move and it was safer to just keep quiet. LindaNess
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