This week’s National Police and RURA’s warning to revoke licences of transport companies that are accident prone could not have come at a better time. In reality, it is a New Year’s gift to passengers and the public as a whole.
I am a regular user of public transport, I am perturbed by the over-speeding, abrupt stopping to pick up passengers hence jerking and creating discomfort to passengers as well as careless negotiations of corners,, which are mannerisms I find irritating and life-threatening. Besides, lack of attention while driving, followed by not keeping safe distances from other vehicles is another issue I find discomfiting.
Arrogance among drivers and conductors has reached fever-pitch. Every time we ask them to drive more carefully, they ignore us. Instead, the drivers and their conductors engage in unintelligent arguments with the passengers. In some instances, passengers politely ask drivers to lower the volume. But the response is usually one; that we should simply buy our own vehicles!
If passengers are to travel comfortably and trust the operators and owners of such public transport vehicles, drivers must be disciplined as well as understand the needs of the passengers.