Bus mar­shals in Lanzhou

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Lanzhou in north­west China’s Gansu Prov­ince will have one per­son on every bus to shield the driver from un­ruly pas­sen­gers. A spe­cial seat has been as­signed for com­muters who vol­un­teer as “guardians” for the per­son at the wheel who could of­ten be the tar­get of ire of har­ried riders. Be­sides, there will be an­other pas­sen­ger tasked with keep­ing the ve­hi­cle safe. Amid re­ports of at­tacks on bus driv­ers, the de­ci­sion comes as a re­lief be­cause pas­sen­gers could be en­dan­gered even by a dis­tracted driver. A com­muter’s as­sault on a driver in Chongqing in Oc­to­ber sent the bus hurtling into the Yangtze, killing all 15 peo­ple. No les­son was learnt. Not long after the tragedy, a woman in Bei­jing at­tacked the bus driver who re­fused to pull over after she missed the stop. Luck­ily, the driver re­mained un­fazed and ev­ery­one was safe. Law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties have to come down hard on peo­ple who be­come abu­sive or get phys­i­cal with driv­ers.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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