Our bus, Your bus, My bus


Thanks to my friend Shyam Sundar, who took this Photo.

Location: Saidapet Bus terminus, Chennai.
I am not saying you shouldn’t have fun, but at who’s cost. Recently a freak accident had happened with a college student who was traveling on the footboard. For the next few day Cops did a good job of handling the people who have doing footboard traveling. But how long can cops be behind the students.

What is that can be done to stop this from happening?
Please suggest.

9 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    Who is more irresponsible, the bus driver or the people on the roof of the bus?

    Solution: GET MORE BUSES. Simple

  2. Navneeth (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

    Tsk Tsk, this isn’t a case where “Get More Buses” is a solution. These __________ do it in the name of “fun.” Even if the bus was as empty as the cranium of Indian politicians, they would still ‘footboard’. It’s not only ‘college students’ (typical idiot in his early 20s) but also younger boys who try to emulate the feats of the elder idiot.

    One possible solution is to make every bus with a door. You know, the automatic ones that a few of the MTC’s have. That way, you either stay inside or outside.

  3. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm


    I dont mean to rude, but i have to quote q1 again. Whos more irresposible, the bus driver/conductor or the people on top.?

    Easier to teach the driver/conductor than the idiots. The bus should refuse to move in such a situation.

    MTC is anyways getting alot of ctiscism because people have to pay 1 rupee more on average to use the deluxe bus. which i think is ridiculous. I doubt they will introduce any more of the Semi low floor buses with doors for sometime.

  4. Navneeth (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    The bus should refuse to move in such a situation.

    For how long? These guys are stubborn monkeys.

    If they are so responsible that they get down immediately when the driver protests, then this wouldn’t be happening in the first place. Also, the drivers and conductors have possibly one of the toughest jobs in a city, and even with that I have noticed in many buses that they do tell the footboarders to get inside, sternly if needed.

  5. Simi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    TSK – Not to confront you but I agree with Navneeth. Moreover, any problem should be treated at its cause-level. The ones who cause trouble to the fellow passengers are these idiots who feel their act is heroic. Another menace is the so called bus-day! In my opinion, the practical solutions are: tough policing with stringent punishments and buses with door. Your policy of ‘bus-will-not-move-until-you-guys-stay-right’ can be MECHANICALLY applied by having buses that won’t move when at least one door is ajar.

  6. Govar (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Why the bus in the firsst placee? Why not a sub-way system like the big cities in the developed countries! I just do not understand how not a single soul brings this to light in all the years the city has seen. Not a single soul can do it? Is our system so bad? Are our folks in power SOOOO dumb?

  7. Navneeth (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    Is our system so bad? Are our folks in power SOOOO dumb?

    Ah… one more enlightened sould. :D ;) j/k

  8. Sunil (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    What happened to all the traffic police with the flashy new Cop cars? Where are they in such situations? Buses with doors is a good solution. Also, the crew should be instructed (training) not to move in a situation such as the one in the picture. Stern action is the only way out.

  9. shek (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    I echo sunil’s views.The patrol cars can do a better job.

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