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Social distancing policies on the buses


01 June 2020

Bus operators are introducing a range of measures to ensure social distancing on vehicles. 

FirstGroup is providing drivers with manual counters to record passengers alighting. When complemented by ticket machine data about boardings, drivers will know when the social distanced capacity limit has been reached. 

Many operators will use electronic displays on the front of buses  give a message such as ‘bus full’, with vehicles only stopping to set down, and with a one-in/one-out policy. 

Stagecoach has set capacity limits by bus type (mini bus, midi bus, single deck, double deck and coach) and issued guidance to all its businesses. It says social distancing means that buses will typically operate at about 20 per cent capacity.   

Stagecoach is advising passengers to sit in window seats and to leave the seats in front and behind a passenger empty. Only one person can sit in a double seat, unless from the same household. 

FirstGroup has introduced a group-wide policy of passenger limits for every bus type in its fleet. Subsidiaries are permitted some variations, for instance allowing back seats to be used by families. First is marking out where passengers cam to sit. 

Arriva has taped off seats within two metres of the driver, though wheelchair spaces will remain available. Like many other operators, it will impose a no standing policy. 

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