Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bus drivers need to be told the good old days are over

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

THE Lord never closes one door but he opens another. Unless, that is, he is driving a Dublin bus. The absence of rear doors is one of the distinguishing features of the capital's buses and has been for nigh on 20 years. But, on the latest additions to the fleet, the back doors are back.

Different explanations have been advanced at different times for this one-door arrangement, unique in the world of public transport. The core one seems to have been a dispute with the unions over responsibility for lost fares if passengers skipped on and off the back doors without paying.

That seems to be back as well. The independent document drawn up to try to settle the Dublin Bus dispute has a whole section on something called 'Revenue protection'. As a result of what must have been delicate negotiations, a part-time unit will be formed among the drivers to assist in revenue protection – otherwise known as preventing fiddling by passengers, or perhaps even drivers.

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