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05 July 2008 @ 11:34 pm
How to use a bus  
LOL, I couldn't resist posting this from a local bus company's website. Who the hell has never been on a bus? So fucking funny how they teach people on how to use a bus!:

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Travelling on the Bus
I’ve never travelled by bus before, what do I do?

All our bus stops are clearly marked, but please remember that some buses go to different destinations from the same stop. Always check the number on the front of the bus to ensure it is the correct one for you. To find out where your nearest bus stop is ring BusCall on 01482 22 22 22.

When the bus arrives raise your arm in order to signal to the driver that you wish the bus to stop. Please make sure the driver has seen your signal and that the bus is stopping, i.e., indicators are flashing, before you lower your arm. If you do not signal clearly the driver may assume you do not require the service and drive past. Remember that other people waiting at a bus stop may not want the same service as you. Please let alighting passengers get off the bus before you board. If you have difficulty getting on board the bus, ask the driver to lower the bus (this facility is available on many buses).

When you get onto the bus please state your destination to the driver, and wherever possible have the correct money for your fare, as this minimises delay and reduces the time the bus spends at each stop. Your ticket or travel card should be retained throughout your journey as proof of payment. When using a travel pass please ensure this is clearly shown to the driver. It is important to hold it the correct way up and for no details to be hidden. Remember to give the driver enough time to see the pass. You must show it each time you travel, even if the return journey is operated by the same driver, so it can be recorded correctly. There are several different types of concessionary pass which the driver has to record, so please show your pass even if you are obviously over 60.

If you feel unsteady on your feet ask the driver to wait until you are safely seated before he sets off. If you are unable to find a seat for your journey make sure you hold on to a nearby rail whilst travelling.

Once the driver has closed the doors and is pulling away from the bus stop their attention will be concentrated on the road and other traffic so that the bus can safely pull out. It is unlikely the driver will be able to stop again at this point in order to allow other passengers to board due to the confusion caused to passing and oncoming motorists.

After boarding please move down the bus or upstairs to make room for others trying to board. Do not stand if a seat is available. If you have to stand, remember that standing near the doors or blocking the passageway can cause unnecessary delay, and makes it difficult for others to get off the bus at their stop. Please be prepared to offer your seat to the elderly, disabled and those who are pregnant or carrying small children. Some seats on the lower deck, or near the entrance/exit, are clearly designated for these passengers.

If you are not sure where to get off the bus, when boarding ask the driver to alert you when you reach the correct stop. As you approach your stop ring the bell once, well in advance, to let the driver know you wish to disembark. If someone else has already rung the bell a sign saying "stopping" will light up, and you do not need to ring the bell again. Please remain seated until the bus has stopped.