26 January 2008

Idiots Guide

Finally managed to get this post out, its been planned for a few days now...

An idiot’s guide explaining how to get on and off a bus has been produced for people who have a phobia of public transport.

According to Stagecoach, which has created the step-by-step manual, a large proportion of Britain’s population are now so used to travelling by car that they have become scared of buses. A spokesman for Stagecoach, which runs 7,000 buses and coaches from Devon in the south west to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, said that research had shown many members of the public do not know how to use public transport.

This has given a lot of the papers a good laugh at the industry, but then as Stagecoach has just embarked on an advertising campaign which laughs at itself I am sure they don't mind that one bit. It certainly helps get the guide noticed.

Once you have stopped laughing though you do realise that Stagecoach are right - there are a lot of people out there who dont know how to catch a bus. You only have to sit on a bus and watch the other passengers and you soon pick out those passengers who expect the driver to know where they are going, to tell them when they reach their stop even if they havent asked him to, seem surprised at how expensive the bus is. There are lots more examples I can give.

If you really want to see just how many passengers need this guide (but the ones that need it most wont read it anyway) you just need to read a drivers blog. One of the best is based just up the road in Torbay

Bus Driver Jimmy also has a great post on the subject.

Megabus Driver

An Arriva Driver

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I was going to add a few more blogs of interest but have been called up to the hospital where things are not looking good...

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