What's with bus drivers?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Randombiker9, 25 Jan 2018.

  1. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Yep, provided all those details (except the fleet number on the bus, as it's difficult to spot and memorise a small 5-digit number when you're taking avoiding action) and they still can't trace the bus. I know, I was shocked too.

    Reported via email / form on their website. I don't do social media ;)
  2. OP

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Odd and ok.
    luckily with the bus numbers here's there ussually 3 digits (sometimes 2) (occasionally 4) shown on to of back and side of bus So it's easy to remember. It's lisence plates i cannot remember which is one of the reasons i don't bother reporting other company veichles. But perhaps because there was no bus number and there were mutiple drivers. Perhaps they were actually telling the truth because i dunno in your town, but in mine drivers switch often which is why it's helpful to have bus number.

    I dunno but in your town have you ever thought of mentioning in person to your bus company? like do you have a bus shop or bus depot in town/city? where some of the drivers might be.?
    Last edited: 31 Jan 2018
  3. crazyjoe101

    crazyjoe101 New Member


    This. Only qualm is those new electric busses that can give you a fright every now and then but that's not the driver's problem.
  4. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    They don't seem very familiar with where the stops are however, given the number of overtakes and immediate stopping...maybe I just get passed by a lot of drivers on their first run :rolleyes:
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  5. I can't remember a conflict with a bus driver in ages that may be as there's not many on my commute :wacko:
  6. Curlybars1972

    Curlybars1972 Active Member

    South Wales
    I've had to drag one or two out of their cabs my time to re-educate them.
  7. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Last bus interaction of note for me was discussing panniers. For some reason I couldn't remember the brand Vaude at the time.so Ortlieb chat only.
  8. OP

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Why would you even talk to a bus driver as when things happen i never confront a driver on the road for 2 main reasons. That's why i always message about it on social media instead.
    1. could get into a argument and lead into road rage
    2. Bus drivers have a schedule and time to meet. So why delay them?
  9. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    When I’m older and even more cantankerous, becoming a bus driver is one of my ways to get back at the world in general.
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  10. OP

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Bus drivers aren't old. Some are actually quite a young.

    ps reminds me off one of my friends classmates has his work experience in the local bus depot.
  11. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Given the sheer volume of buses that I come across in London, I think their standard of driving is absolutely excellent. That applies to the rare occasions when I'm driving the van too. The people that scare me most are coach drivers from out of town. They just don't seem to have much experience of driving around large numbers of cyclists, and it shows.
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  12. monkeytennis

    monkeytennis Active Member

    Have to agree. I have felt a big improvement in treatment from bus drivers in London over the past few years and incidents with poor ones have decreased according.
  13. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Yep. Most common vehicle type to overtake me on a junction approach, including when they're turning left :cursing:

    Out of town vans are often awful but smaller and don't cut the corner as often.
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