Featuring in a newspaper edition of today, Eliézer François, a former minister is complaining about the presence of cockroaches (Cancrelats) in buses owned by Triolet Bus Service, the company serving most destinations in the Pamplemousses district and also, in the Pointe aux Sables region.
I won’t come into much details about what he said but he insists that bus users should be discouraged to drink or eat in buses, as it is already the case in Singapore and Australia (Can someone please confirm if it is forbidden by law or it is only discouraged to do so?). In only a few days interval, here goes the 2nd politician who is comparing Mauritius to other countries. According to him, “No Food/No Eating” signs should be introduced in the buses, just as the law forbids Smoking in the same buses.
Now, I will ask you a question (and to him too, if he happens to read blogs) :
Did you ever come across some uneducated/careless people who still smoke in buses?
Being someone who uses the public transport only a few times a year, I can say that there are still a bunch of monkeys who can’t prevent themselves from burning their cigarette and release their nicotine while sitting at the back of buses.
Practically no one will dare to ask those people to throw away their cigarettes in fear of getting sworn at or even beaten down. And I know a lot of bus drivers and receivers who won’t risk their lives too. Unfortunately, we are living in a society where sometimes its better to keep your mouth shut instead of trying to fight for your rights.
While comparing Mauritius to other developed countries, he forgot to take the following points into consideration :
- Most of our buses are in bad conditions including very poor ventilation. (Read more)
- We rarely have a few covered bus shelters
- People living away from towns often need to wait up to 30-60mins to get a bus, and a seat.
In my opinion, instead of trying to introduce new laws/restrictions, the authorities should ensure that existing laws are enforced and respected by all. And I am ashamed that he was once at the head of the government
To start with, do all of the buses have a bin? Did we ever have campaigns regarding the importance to keep our public transport clean? Did he ever smell the filthy air in our bus stations? So, where does he expect people to eat their food if they don’t do it in the bus? These are a few questions that he should ask himself before trying to impose things.
That’s my opinion and now I would like to hear from you.
Update [7 April 2011]
Mishna sent me some proofs regarding the “No food/drinks” applicable in Australia. Click on the image below to enlarge.