|Several volunteers will be hired to work on buses in HCM City to ensure more security, from November 1. — Photo www.dantri.com.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Transport Department of HCM City will hire volunteers willing to work in buses to ensure security of passengers and improve service, from November 1.
The volunteers will work as ticket sellers and conductor's assistants on the bus. Moreover, they will try to prevent pickpockets from robbing passengers. They will be on bus route 152, from the Tan Son Nhat airport to Ben Thanh market.
The volunteers are expected to improve the service quality of buses, help the State control real revenues on the buses, and limit the discrimination towards passengers.
After a 3-month trial period, and depending on its success, the department will judge the quality of this new service and propose to multiply it on other bus routes.
To encourage more people to use buses, the department has thought of launching special buses which will run on priority routes such as Pham Van Dong, Vo Van Kiet, Ha Noi boulevards.
There are nearly 2,800 buses operating on 107 routes with State funding and about 400 buses operating on 32 routes without State funding.
From November, to ensure further security, bus companies will install cameras on buses. However, bus travel has not become a popular means of transport of locals due to the problems caused by an increasing number of pickpockets, risk of sexual harassment and impolite conductors and their assistants. — VNS