precipitated by a fight between a passenger and a driver, has prompted a public outcry with some local governments putting forward solutions to better protect bus drivers.ast week’s Chongqing bus tragedy,
With the early lead in this effort is the Hunan capital of Changsha which introduced security screens in some of its new buses this week. While the design does certainly afford the driver some additional protection, it has been criticized by Chinese netizens for still making it fairly easy for a passenger to simply reach or climb over the bar to harass the driver or grab the steering wheel.
According to the state-run Global Times, the city of Nanjing has vowed to install doors separating the driver from passengers in 8,000 buses by 2019, while the city of Hunan has promised to replace 6,100 of its older buses with new models equipped with protective doors by 2025.
They might want to consider accelerating the pace of these changes. Since the Chongqing bus plunged into the Yangtze River last Sunday, there has already been at least two instances of passengers who missed their stop grabbing the steering wheel of a bus and one instance of a bus driver getting beaten up by angry passengers for asking them to use the back door instead of the front to exit.