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Rules of conduct in public transport

Unfortunately, far from everyone asks themselves the question of what the rules of behavior in public transport should be. Going on a long trip, for example by train, or arranging a grand trip for children on a class tour, most people do not think that there are specially designed rules of behavior when using various modes of transport.


According to the rules of the road, a vehicle is a source of increased danger. A school bus, an electric train or just a car, in addition to comfort and convenience when moving from point A to point B, can at any time get into an emergency or create it for other road users. Moreover, often the cause of an emergency is the passengers themselves, or rather, their behavior. And it doesn’t matter that in front of us is a 20-seat minibus or a train of ten cars.

Since childhood, we all remember the signs with the inscriptions "Do not stand at the edge of the platform," "Talking with the driver while driving is prohibited," "Stand on the right, go on the left," and the like. In childhood, such inscriptions are perceived as something boring, boring and completely optional, especially if adults do not see it. You can ride on the foot of the tram, immediately jump into the departing train or cross the road right in front of a running stream of cars. And after all, nothing will happen, they did it a hundred times. For the hundred and first time, unfortunately, irreversible consequences can occur.

The human factor is perhaps one of the most common causes of emergency situations on public transport.

The behavior of passengers can and, unfortunately, often provokes various accidents, including victims. Often in such cases, the reasons that prompted passengers to flagrantly violate the rules of using public transport are elementary ignorance of these rules or neglect of them.

The notorious "hookers" cause, in addition to condemnation, compassion and even understanding: young people are trying to attract attention, which is understandable, especially in conditions of a lack of attention from adults. However, it is difficult for electric train drivers and trackmen to understand and forgive exalted teenagers.

In our country, the history of the rules of conduct in public transport begins as far back as the nineteenth century, one of the most important components of public safety. Modern vehicles designed for convenient and quick movement in space require compliance with simple and at the same time binding rules.

Only following these rules can significantly guarantee the safety of life on public transport.

Fundamental rules

It does not make sense to list the rules for using, for example, the subway or funicular (this is also a type of public transport), all the more so there is no need to know all the above rules by heart. However, following the basic norms of behavior in public transport will not only avoid unpleasant, including extreme, situations, but also behave politely towards others.

The following are the main recommendations for the behavior of public transport passengers:

  • be careful. Public transport passengers are best characterized by the concept of “Brownian motion”, especially the metro. Following the information plates, as well as following the instructions of transport employees, are not someone’s whim, but they allow us to ensure the correct logistics and proper security measures. You need to be careful not only when you drive your own car: even in a sleeping car of a long-distance train, various unforeseen situations can arise. You should always remember: public transport is a source of increased danger.
  • Be polite. The culture of transport behavior is not a myth, but a reality that we face every day. Mutual courtesy and patient attitude towards others allows us to avoid many unpleasant situations and greatly facilitates the work of employees and transport workers, especially law enforcement officers. Public transport is called so because it belongs to everyone equally, and not to you personally, and only on the basis that you paid for the fare.
  • Follow basic logic. The doors of a tram that approached the stop opened and the people joyfully tumbled in, shoving and pushing, as if it were the last tram in the next few days. The elevator rule (also, by the way, the type of passenger transport) works wherever there are doors: first they go out, then they go in. If there is no room in the subway car or in the ground transportation salon, you should not cram, creating inconvenience to yourself and others, but simply wait for the next transport.
  • In the aviation sector, passenger traffic rules are much stricter than in the rest. And this is normal. When using an airplane or helicopter, you should be especially careful with understanding the work of pilots and other air transport workers. And to comply with the rules of conduct during the flight and while being at the airport - strictly and also with understanding.

Etiquette in foreign countries

Contrary to the prevailing stereotype of "everything is wonderful there, but everything is terrible here," the rules of conduct in public transport in European countries are not very different from Russian ones. In Europe itself, there is a significant difference in the behavior of public transport in different countries. For example, in Italy or France, young people can afford to quietly make noise in public transport, without going over the well-known trait, and in northern European countries passenger behavior can be called more restrained or even phlegmatic.

The main difference between European passengers and ours, domestic passengers, it is trivial, in a more responsible attitude to the rules of conduct in public transport.

In all types of municipal and private passenger transport, you can see the memos to passengers; however, these memos are not always duplicated in English, even if the case is in the historical center of a large European city.

The general norms of behavior in urban transport, as already mentioned, are largely similar to ours, and existing differences can be briefly summarized as follows:

  • Europeans “on average in a hospital” follow rules and regulations more carefully;
  • in a European city, most often you will not be aggressively offered help or loudly expressed dissatisfaction with your ignorance or ignorance of the rules;
  • Europeans as a whole are more lenient towards foreigners, in particular, this is manifested in the fact that they will most likely explain to you in detail how best to get to the place you need.

In European countries, they are much more serious about the control of road transport, including passenger. When traveling by subway or trolleybus, suburban train, and even more so on air transport, serious control is exercised of both fare and baggage transportation and compliance with security measures. Of course, it is impossible to predict the occurrence of emergency situations one hundred percent, but the prevention of transport accidents in Europe is paid no less attention than in our country.

And it’s better to ask again and clarify five times whether you are doing the right thing and then to get into an unpleasant situation.

See how to behave properly in public transport in the video below.


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