Blocked aisles on buses hazardous

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 November, 1994, 12:00am

I REFER to Mr Steve Ball's article headlined, 'Passenger size a growing concern', which appeared in the South China Morning Post on November 28.

As a frequent user of buses, I have often noticed that once a so-called 'three-seater' has two occupants, few people venture to join the duo.

Passengers simply do not want to be the 'third person' on a narrow seat. On the upper deck of a double decker, you often see passengers choosing to stand instead of being squeezed by two others.

'Two seaters' are not much better, and they are often occupied by one person.

Mr Ball is absolutely correct in saying that some passengers have to stick out over the edge since the seats are too narrow.

Once they do that the aisles are hardly passable. This, together with standing passengers on upper decks, creates genuine safety hazards.

I can only hope that the Consumer Council and relevant authorities such as the Commissioner for Transport will look more closely into this problem.