Perilous rules of the omnibus: from the archive, 25 August 1927
Youthful and immature bus drivers race against other buses, smoke and gossip, to the danger of the public
It would be well if the notices painted up in some country omnibuses could be replaced by roses or some geometrical design, or by anything less exasperating to read, for instance, than that smoking is strictly prohibited, that no one must talk to the driver, and that the speed is not to exceed twelve miles an hour. Smoking is seldom prohibited, and the conductor will always talk to the driver whether the ’bus be full or empty. Not until these two servants of the public obey rules themselves will the public follow suit.
Then someone comes along saying that we are a patient, long-suffering, even a foolish race because we are too courteous. We have not the moral courage to protest when the rules of the company are broken. The remark is unjust. One sufferer protests time after time, and all to no purpose. It takes a good deal of moral courage to protest, between choking coughs, that smoking should really be prohibited.
Source: Guardian Transport