ecently in China, there has been a worrying trend of angry bus passengers attempting to grab the wheel from drivers, despite well-publicized evidence that this is an extremely dangerous thing to do.
58-year-old Yi Xilin tried to seize the steering wheel of an intercity bus on February 27th. The bus was traveling from the Jiangsu city of Liyang to Shanghai. However, Yi later told police, that a ticket scalper had tricked him regarding the bus’s final destination, leading to him attempting to stop the bus as it pulled out of the station.
After a brief clash with Yi, the driver stopped the bus and called the police.
On Sunday, Yi was sentenced to one year in jail by a court in Shanghai’s Jing’an district for his actions. According to Shine, the sentence was actually a lenient one as Yi had waited for the police and surrendered himself to the officers. His lawyer had argued that Yi was an “inarticulate man who could not express himself well.”
It seems that many other commuters in China also have trouble with expressing themselves to bus drivers. In an infamous incident last October, a fight between a driver and a passenger who had missed her stop led to a bus in the city of Chongqing veering into oncoming traffic and plummeting into the Yangtze River, killing all 15 people on board.